Classical Grammy and Emma nominations for 2013

Two recordings of Finnish music are among the Grammy Awards nominees for 2013. Jean Sibelius' Symphonies 2 & 5 by Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä (BIS) are nominated in the category of Best Orchestral Performance. Einojuhani Rautavaara's Cello Concerto No. 2 'Towards The Horizon' is nominated in the category for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The recording by Truls Mørk, John Storgårds and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra (Ondine) already won the Gramophone Award earlier this year.

The nominees for 2013's Emma Awards (aka "Finnish Grammys") have also been announced. The category of Classical Albums includes altogether four recordings. Orchestral music is represented by Tampere Philharmonic Orchestras recording of three contemporary works, titled notkeatonline (Alba) as well as by Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra's recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's award winning Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz (Deutsche Grammophon). Two other nominees bring out the string quartet repertoire. Meta4 plays three quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich on its new album (Hänssler Classic) and Kamus Quartet makes a retrospective of all four string quartets by Seppo Pohjola (Alba).