Sibelius CD

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2014 Grammy-winning CD
56th Annual Grammy Awards Winner

Sibelius Symphonies No. 1 and 4

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra


Release: 2013

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.

Yevgeny Sudbin CD

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

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä

Minnesota Orchestra
Pianist: Yevgeny Sudbin


Release: March 2014

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491

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

The Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Beethoven's intensely dramatic Third Piano Concerto is 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 Kullervo CD

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Sibelius Kullervo and Finlandia
Kortekangas Migrations

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
YL Male Voice Choir
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo
Tommi Hakala, baritone
BIS SACD-9048 Release: 2017

for soloists, male choir and orchestra

for mezzo, male choir and orchestra

with choir participation

This two-disc set features Music Director Osmo Vänskä leading the Minnesota Orchestra and Finland’s YL Male Voice Choir, along with vocal soloists Lilli Paasikivi and Tommi Hakala, in a performance of Jean Sibelius’ searing five-part symphonic poem Kullervo. The Orchestra’s interpretation of this Finnish masterpiece at Carnegie Hall in 2010 led The New Yorker’s Alex Ross to write “for the duration of the evening...the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.”

Recorded live at Orchestra Hall during three February 2016 concerts, the recording also features Sibelius’ beloved Finlandia and contemporary Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’ dramatic new work, Migrations. Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra, Migrations commemorates the Finnish migration to North America and features poignant text by Minnesota poet Sheila Packa.

Sibelius Symphonies 3 6 and 7 CD

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 3, 6 and 7

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
BIS SACD-2006 Release: 2016

Symphony No. 3 in C Major
Symphony No. 6 in D Minor
Symphony No. 7 in C Major

"With these recordings, Vänskä confirms his status as our greatest living Sibelian. Irreplaceable."
-The Times (London)
July 10, 2016

The much-anticipated final release in the Minnesota Orchestra survey of Sibelius’ symphonies is here! Recorded at Orchestra Hall in May and June 2015 by BIS, the album features Music Director Osmo Vänskä leading the Orchestra in Sibelius’ lean and beautiful Third Symphony, the mysterious Sixth and his majestic, one-movement Seventh Symphony, a crowning achievement of the Finnish composer’s life and work.

Mahler 5 CD

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2018 Grammy-nominated CD

Mahler 5

Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
Minnesota Orchestra
Release: 2017
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
July 2017

The BIS Records team, led by producer Robert Suff, recorded the symphony at Orchestra Hall in June 2016.