Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Repertoire: Symphony No. 5
First Beethoven, then Sibelius and now Mahler: Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra launch their newest major recording project with an album of Gustav Mahler’s three-part, five-movement Fifth Symphony. Described by one critic as “one of the seven wonders of the symphonic world,” Mahler’s Fifth offers an emotional trajectory from mourning to triumph. The Star Tribune described the Minnesota Orchestra’s live performance of the work as soaring “with heroic power and rich sounds from the brass….The excellence of the performance came in its giving vent to Mahler’s emotional extremism while never losing careful touch with the details of the score.”
The BIS Records team, led by producer Robert Suff, recorded the symphony at Orchestra Hall in June 2016. The recording is currently only available through the Minnesota Orchestra; its nation-wide release is set for August 4.