2018 Grammy-nominated CD
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.
“If you go out and buy the Minnesota Orchestra’s BIS recording of Mahler’s fifth symphony, rest assured that you need never buy another. It’s resoundingly well played in every department, devoid of the bravado that impairs some American performances, and discreetly shaped by the music director Osmo Vänskä. . . . at once committed and detached, intense and transcendentally timeless. As I said, no Mahlerian will be disappointed.”
-Norman Lebrecht, July 2017 Musical Toronto
The BIS Records team, led by producer Robert Suff, recorded the symphony at Orchestra Hall in June 2016.