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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra
Pianist: Yevgeny Sudbin


BIS SACD 1978

Release: March 2014

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491

BEETHOVEN
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

The Swedish label BIS Records has released the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Beethoven's intensely dramatic Third Piano Concerto, paired with Mozart’s dark, passionate and poetic Piano Concerto No. 24—a work greatly admired by Beethoven. Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts while acclaimed Russian soloist Yevgeny Sudbin is featured at the keyboard.

Vänskä, Sudbin and the Orchestra recorded the concertos at Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall in sessions during June 2011 and May/June 2012. The BIS team, led by producer Robert Suff, recorded the album as a Super Audio CD (SACD), using surround sound recording technology to reproduce the sound of the concert hall as faithfully as possible. BIS Hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players.

Sibelius CD

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2013 Grammy-winning CD
56th Annual Grammy Awards Winner

Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 and 4

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra


BIS SACD 1996

Release: 2013

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Symphony No. 4 in A minor

This Grammy-winning album includes Sibelius' First Symphony, the work that confirmed the composer's status as a Finnish national hero, as well as the enigmatic, deeply emotional Fourth Symphony. The disc was recorded in May and June 2012 at Orchestra Hall by Swedish-based BIS Records. BIS Hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players.

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2012 Grammy-nominated CD

Sibelius Symphonies No. 2 and 5

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra


BIS SACD 1986

Release: 2011

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major

The Minnesota Orchestra’s recording of Sibelius' Second and Fifth Symphonies, conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, has drawn extraordinary praise—and a 2012 Grammy nomination!

Vänskä, one of the world's great interpreters of Sibelius' music, leads the Orchestra in superb recordings of the Finnish composer's beloved Second Symphony, a work both eloquent and powerful, and the majestic Fifth Symphony, an inspired piece of musical architecture.

The album was recorded as a Super Audio CD (SACD) by BIS in June 2011 recording sessions at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. BIS Hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players.

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Beethoven CD

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Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 4 and 5

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Pianist: Yevgeny Sudbin
BIS SACD 1758
Release: December 2010

Repertoire:
Piano Concerto No. 4
Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

The Swedish label BIS Records has released the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Beethoven's final two piano concertos, the Fourth and Fifth (Emperor), conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä and featuring Russian soloist Yevgeny Sudbin at the keyboard.

Vänskä, Sudbin and the Orchestra recorded the concertos at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall in sessions during January 2009 and June 2010. The BIS team, led by producer Rob Suff, recorded the album as a Super Audio CD (SACD), using surround sound recording technology to reproduce the sound of the concert hall as faithfully as possible. BIS Hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players.

Watch a BIS-produced video about the recording:

Beethoven Box Set CD

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Beethoven Symphonies Box Set

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Release: 2009

Repertoire:
Beethoven Symphonies 1-9

The Minnesota Orchestra's acclaimed recordings of the nine Beethoven symphonies are now available in a five-disc box set. Produced and recorded over five years by BIS, the Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven recordings have earned Grammy and Gramophone Award nominations and received high praise in national and international media outlets.

What the Critics Are Saying
"It's hard to think of a more distinguished Beethoven cycle by an American orchestra since the legendary Toscanini traversal of 1939... [Vänskä] and his wonderfully committed musicians have staked out a claim not merely for excellence, but for greatness."
William Trotter, American Record Guide

Beethoven CD

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Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 5

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD 1416
Release: 2005

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 5

The Minnesota Orchestra and Music Director Osmo Vänskä's first CD together: an all-Beethoven disc featuring the Fourth and Fifth symphonies. Recorded at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in April 2004 using Super Audio CD technology, the disc was the first album in a five-year, five-disc cycle designed to record the complete Beethoven symphonies.

Recorded on the Swedish-based BIS label, an audiophile label known for its high quality, the Minnesota Orchestra Beethoven collection is one of the first complete cycles of Beethoven's symphonies recorded in Surround Sound.

"Here is the modern Beethoven recording par excellence..."
Andrew Clark, London Financial Times, February 15, 2005

"...the whole orchestra shines in majestic joy without appearing at all self-important. This is something that Mr. Vänskä excels at over and over here: creating a sense of impending event, then delivering even more than he promised..."
Anne Midgette, The New York Times, March 6, 2005

Beethoven CD

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Beethoven Symphonies No. 3 and 8

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD 1516
Release: 2006

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Eroica
Symphony No. 8 in F major

The second disc in the Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphonies cycle features Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Orchestra in performances of Beethoven's Symphonies No. 3 and 8. Recorded by Swedish-based BIS Records, the new album is part of a five-year, five-disc project to record the complete Beethoven symphonies.

Vänskä and the Orchestra recorded the Third (Eroica) and Eighth Symphonies at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in recording sessions during June 2005 and January 2006 using surround sound recording technology.

The album debuted on the Billboard classical chart at number 16.

What the Critics Are Saying

"And, boy, does the Minnesota Orchestra impress as a world-class symphonic institution ... This Beethoven cycle is shaping up to be as good as any from an American orchestra since Bernstein."
Andrew Quint, Fanfare Magazine, January/February 2007

"The second in Vanska's cycle of the symphonies is a revelation because it makes you listen to these masterpieces with fresh ears. The best since Carlos Kleiber 's Beethoven a generation ago with the Vienna Philharmonic ... My record of the year." —Andrew Clark, Financial Times, December 2006

"It's becoming clear, two discs into the Osmo Vänskä/Minnesota Orchestra cycle, that anyone going up against the Finn and his Minnesotans will suffer a distinct disadvantage ... Vänskä's [Eroica] on BIS is stunning." —James Reel, Fanfare, November/December 2006

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Minnesota Chorale, prepared by Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Katarina Karnéus, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Norman, tenor
Neal Davies, bass-baritone
BIS SACD 1616
Release: 2006

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 9, Choral

The third disc in Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra's Beethoven symphonies cycle features one of the greatest of all symphonies: Beethoven's Ninth. Recorded by BIS using DSD (direct stream digital) technology, the new album is part of a five-year, five-disc plan designed to record the complete Beethoven symphonies. In 2007 the disc earned a Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Performance.

Recorded at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall in January 2006, this performance of Beethoven's Ninth also features a superlative quartet of singers: soprano Helena Juntunen, mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus, tenor Daniel Norman, bass-baritone Neal Davies and the Minnesota Chorale, the Orchestra's principal chorus. The recording sessions followed a series of live subscription performances at Orchestra Hall that were called "volcanic" (Star Tribune) and "perhaps the most exciting take on the symphony local audiences may ever have the fortune to experience" (Pioneer Press).

As with the first two albums, the third disc was recorded as a Super Audio CD (SACD) by producer Robert Suff and the BIS team. SACDs use surround sound recording technology in order to reproduce the natural sound of the concert hall as faithfully as possible. BIS hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players in stereo.

Beethoven CD

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Beethoven Symphonies No. 1 and 6

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD 1716
Release: 2007

Repertoire:
Symphony No.1 in C major
Symphony No.6 in F major, Pastoral

The Swedish recording label BIS has released the fourth CD in Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra's acclaimed Beethoven symphonies cycle, an album that includes the genesis of Beethoven's symphonic output (his First Symphony) as well as his nature-inspired Sixth (Pastoral) Symphony. The new album is part of a five-year, five-disc initiative to record the complete Beethoven symphonies.

Vänskä and the Orchestra recorded the First and Sixth Symphonies at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall in sessions during June 2007. The BIS team, led by Producer Rob Suff, recorded the album as a Super Audio CD (SACD), using surround sound recording technology to reproduce the sound of the concert hall as faithfully as possible.

The new CD follows three highly-praised predecessors in the series, which The New York Times wrote "may be the definitive [Beethoven cycle] of our time" and The New Yorker described as including "some of the most vivid Beethoven playing on the market."

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Beethoven Symphonies No. 2 and 7

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD 1816
Release: 2008

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Symphony No. 7 in A major

The Swedish recording label BIS has released the fifth and final CD in Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra's acclaimed five-year, five-disc Beethoven symphonies cycle.

What the Critics Are Saying
"Brilliantly engineered, utterly natural sonics in all formats provide the finishing touch on a Beethoven cycle that stands with Barenboim's as a modern reference edition, and that features a Seventh that just may top them all."
David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Bruckner CD

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Bruckner Symphony No. 4

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD 1746
Release: 2010

Repertoire:
Symphony No. 4, Romantic (1888 version)

The Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major has been considered one of Anton Bruckner's most popular works ever since its first performance, in Vienna in 1881, when the composer was reportedly called out to take a bow after each movement. Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra now add their interpretation of the work, recorded at Orchestra Hall in January 2009, to their celebrated catalogue on the BIS label.

 

Stephen Paulus CD

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Stephen Paulus To Be Certain of the Dawn

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Barry Abelson, cantor
Elizabeth Futral, soprano
Christina Baldwin, mezzo-soprano
John Tessier, tenor
Philip Cokorinos, bass-baritone
Minnesota Chorale
Minnesota Boychoir
The Basilica Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choristers
BIS CD 1726
Release: 2009

Repertoire:
To Be Certain of the Dawn
Stephen Paulus, composer
Michael Dennis Browne, librettist

The Minnesota Orchestra, performing under the direction of Osmo Vänskä, premiered Stephen Paulus' Holocaust memorial oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn in 2005. Now this highly moving work is available on a BIS disc.

The piece was originally commissioned by the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis—as a gift to the Jewish community, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the freeing of Holocaust survivors and to help teach an important lesson: the prevention of future genocide is in the hands of today's children.

In creating the work, composer Stephen Paulus and librettist Michael Dennis Browne employed large forces, writing for cantor, soloists, children's chorus, mixed choir and orchestra. Raising eternal questions regarding humanity, tolerance and respect, the powerful oratorio is divided into three sections: Renewal, Remembrance and Visions. It was described by the Star Tribune in 2008 as "a major composition that will take its place amongst the great oratorios."

BIS recorded To Be Certain of the Dawn at Orchestra Hall in February 2008.

Tchaikovsky CD

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Tchaikovsky Box Set

Two Disc Set
Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Pianist: Stephen Hough

Hyperion CDA67711/2
Release: April 2010

Repertoire:
Compact Disc 1
Piano Concerto No. 1
Concert Fantasia
Solitude for solo piano (arranged by Hough)
None but the Lonely Heart for solo piano (arranged by Hough)

Compact Disc 2
Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 3
Piano Concerto No. 2: Andante non troppo (ed. Siloti)
Piano Concerto No 2: Andante non troppo (ed Hough)

Celebrated pianist Stephen Hough, in collaboration with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, offers a complete survey of Tchaikovsky's music for piano and orchestra in this revelatory two-disc set. Recorded live at Orchestra Hall in 2009, the recordings feature the Russian composer's famous First Concerto, as well as his lesser-known Concert Fantasia and the Second and Third Concertos—including alternative versions of the slow movement of the Second Concerto and two solo piano encores.

Released on the Hyperion label, the Tchaikovsky recordings mark the landmark 50th volume in the label's acclaimed "Romantic Piano Concertos" series, a collection of 131 works for piano and orchestra that feature some of the greatest pianists, orchestras and conductors in the world.

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