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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:12 am    Post subject: Osmo Vänskä quits Minnesota Orchestra Reply with quote

I quote an article by CLAUDE PECK, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

2013-10-01

Osmo Vänskä quits Minnesota Orchestra

The Finnish-born conductor ends a 10-year run that brought the orchestra to new heights, nationally and internationally.


Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2003, has resigned, effective immediately.

“It is a very sad day for me,” Vänskä said in a statement.

His departure is a major blow to the 110-year old orchestra, which has been locked in a bitter and intractable labor lockout for more than a year.

Vänskä’s current contract extends to September, 2015.

The resignation of the Finnish maestro was not unexpected — Vänskä had said last spring that he would quit if planned Carnegie Hall concerts were canceled because of the labor strife — but it fell like a bomb on the beleaguered orchestra that so far has been unable to negotiate a settlement that would return concert music to Minneapolis.

Hopes for a last-minute settlement were raised briefly Monday afternoon when the two sides met in person in Minneapolis for the first time since last January. But those talks ended abruptly when management rejected two new proposals from musicians and canceled the Carnegie Hall concerts that were planned for Nov. 2 and 3 as part of a larger cycle of music of Sibelius, a composer who was a Vänskä specialty.

Vänskä did not return phone calls on Monday, but he told a Finnish newspaper that he considered the deadline for his decision to be midnight on Monday.

Both sides in the labor dispute issued statements saying they hoped Vänskä would remain in Minnesota, one of the few areas on which they agree.

Vänskä-led recordings brought two Grammy nominations. He led the orchestra on four European tours, including two appearances at the Proms in London that won favorable reviews.

It was at a Carnegie Hall concert in 2010, when Vänskä led the Minnesota Orchestra in a program that included Sibelius’ “Kullervo,” that Vänskä and the musicians won perhaps the highest praise. Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, sized up the performance and declaimed that “for the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.”

Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä was conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony and the Lahti Symphony in Finland. He started as a musician, becoming co-principal clarinetist of the Helsinki Philharmonic.

Since coming to Minnesota, he has gained a reputation as a workhorse

whose interpretations arise from close study of composers and scores.

“The biggest enemy for an artist is to start to be too satisfied,” Vänskä told Graydon Royce when he was named the Star Tribune’s Artist of the Year in 2010. “ If you are not hungry, you are not working hard enough. We have to play better, the rehearsals need to be better, and so I try to find something about the music, something about how to rehearse, to have new ideas about composers.”

While he has guest-conducted around the world with increasing frequency in recent year, Vänskä has no permanent posts at other orchestras. He is likely to land on his feet elsewhere, but he did not announce a new conducting job.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sad news...

Does it means BIS will end all the Vänskä/M.O. recording project (including the ongoing Sibelius cycle)?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would presume so. In any case nothing could happen soon because American union rules require that a work is played in concert during the season when the recording takes place.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does not look good for BIS. Not that the SACD format has much future. But 5.1 DVD audio is slow to pick up. People expect to see a picture with a DVD and whne there is only fine audio, they are disappointed.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks even worse for the orchestra!
You could be right about SACD - but you'd be surprised how many enthusiasts there are too. With hybrid discs (as made by BIS) you get the best of both worlds anyway.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the sad news of Vanska's departure from Minnesota I can reveal that Roger Wright, director of the BBC Proms and BBC Radio 3 had long been planning a Sibelius symphony cycle by Osmo and the Minnesota orchestra for the 2015 proms. Its tragic that these concerts will not now go ahead Sad kp

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the first time I've been back here in a long time, and this is what I come back to? This is terrible news. Especially after I heard their recording of Sibelius 2 earlier today...

I wish the maestro and orchestra the best. This is devastating news after all the wonderful work they've done together.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Violist wrote:
This is the first time I've been back here in a long time, and this is what I come back to? This is terrible news. Especially after I heard their recording of Sibelius 2 earlier today...

I wish the maestro and orchestra the best. This is devastating news after all the wonderful work they've done together.


Welcome back! Believe me, we have missed your input--kp

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Osmo is still pretty busy. I see that on March 9th, 2014 he will be playing Sibelius at the Musikverein in Vienna. He conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius Sixth. Can you believe that this orchestra has only performed Sibelius 6 once in its 113 year history Sad --kp

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Better news from Minnesota now... fingers crossed for the future.
And HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS to all concerned for the Grammy Award for Sib 1+4 / BIS-1996.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just Googled the MN Orchestra for news, found this article:
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Osmo Vänskä, who resigned last October, has indicated that he might entertain a return to Minnesota. Sprenger said Friday that he knows Vänskä has spoken with friends on the board of directors but that an official overture has not been made.

“I intend to get right on that,” he said, referring to the question of hiring a music director.


Hopefully he'll go to Osmo...I've read him saying that he's interested but that they need to go to him.

I hope this works out.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My goodness, World Violist, welcome back. Are you still playing viola / studying music?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurkikohtaus wrote:
My goodness, World Violist, welcome back. Are you still playing viola / studying music?


Hey Kurki! Great to hear from you Smile

I'm still playing viola here and there. College burned me out, so I ended up leaving after a couple years. So now I'm doing music gigs here and there and starting to do some stand-up comedy. Figuring out what else to do. Fun stuff.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aaand Osmo Vänskä is back Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome home, Osmo!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is tremendously good News. I wonder if the planned Sibelius Symphony Cycle at the 2015 Proms in London might now still go ahead Very Happy --kp

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further to my last post its been announced that Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra are to resume their Sibelius symphony cycle now that the 15 month dispute has been settled. No's 3, 6 and7 remain to be released, hopefully some time this year. I still don't know if the previously planned visit to the 2015 Proms is back on track, but fingers crossed Very Happy kp

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recording this year, release in 2016, as far as I can ascertain.

But before that, Okko Kamu's set will be released in early autumn.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In this context I would like to know if there are more Sibelius treasures in the pipeline of Bis records which will be released in 2015.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good news! I waiting for the complete cycle of symphonies.

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