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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2014 MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Hannu Lintu
, conductor
Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, now
appearing with the Minnesota Orchestra
for the first time, leads orchestras and
opera companies worldwide.
Posts:
He is in his second season as
chief conductor of the Finnish Radio
Symphony Orchestra. He previously
held leadership positions at the Tampere
Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ National
Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg
Symphony and Turku Philharmonic.
Upcoming:
Highlights of his current
season include appearances with the
BBC Scottish Symphony, Warsaw
Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, Hallé
Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln,
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,
Malaysian Philharmonic, Baltimore
Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony and
Detroit Symphony.
Opera:
Lintu’s recently led Aulis
Sallinen’s
Kullervo
at Savonlinna Opera
Festival and
Tannhäuser
with Tampere
Opera. He regularly appears with Finnish
National Opera and has also worked with
Estonian National Opera and Chicago’s
Grant Park Festival.
Recordings:
His most recent release
is a May 2014 album of Mozart piano
concertos with Angela Hewitt and
Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.
He earned a Grammy nomination in
2011 for Best Opera Recording.
More:
harrisonparrott.com, hannulintu.fi.
Jonathan Biss
, piano
American pianist Jonathan Biss has earned
international recognition for his orchestral,
one-minute notes
Nazaykinskaya:
Winter Bells
Lush colors and mystical themes evoke an ancient Russian village, its music and its rituals.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
The stormier of Mozart’s two minor-key piano concertos, No. 20 was a powerful and popular solo vehicle for
the young Beethoven. The high-energy
Allegro
, with a witty exchange between soloist and orchestra, gives way
to a songful second movement and a finale full of surprises, including an enchanting theme playfully offered by
woodwinds.
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
This densely layered work is a monument to the composer’s genius and heart: written in a single month during
the last year of World War II, it speaks of humanism rather than cynicism or angst. Among its hallmarks:
simple, almost singable themes that contrast with tumultuous developments, and brilliant scoring for winds and
percussion. Memorable, too, is the grieving third movement,
Adagio
, whose quiet closing moments are among the
most beautiful in the symphony.
recital and chamber music performances
and for his award-winning recordings. This
is his first appearance with the Minnesota
Orchestra since Sommerfest 2000.
Orchestral engagements:
He has
performed recently with the New York
Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NDR
Hannover, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,
among other ensembles.
Recitals:
Biss regularly plays recitals
in both the U.S. and in Europe, at such
venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw,
Edinburgh Festival, Bonn Beethovenfest
and Carnegie Hall, where he played most
recently in January 2014.
Recordings:
He has begun a nine-year,
nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s
complete sonatas. His discography also
includes works of Schubert, Schumann,
Mozart and György Kurtág.
Writngs:
Biss, who writes his own blog,
has also written
Beethoven’s Shadow
, a
best-selling e-book about his relationship
with Beethoven’s music.
Awards:
Among his honors are the
Leonard Bernstein Award and an Avery
Fisher Career Grant.
More:
opus3artists.com, jonathanbiss.com.
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