Positive reviews for touring Minnesota Orchestra

Posted on: August 31, 2010

“This was the best orchestral performance of the International Festival so far,” writes Kenneth Walton in Tuesday’s (8/31) Scotsman (Edinburgh). Osmo Vänskä “was back in Scotland with his Minnesota Orchestra, and a programme that might not have seemed out of the ordinary—Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No 7, prefaced by Barber’s tone poem Music for a Scene from Shelley. … Nothing could have prepared us for his super-refined performance of the Seventh Symphony. Nothing extrovert or garish. This was Beethoven revisited in a way that paired away the excesses of posthumous convention, and saw great music in a fresh and honest light.” In Monday’s (8/30) Guardian (London), Tim Ashley writes that the orchestras Proms concerts “were object lessons in the creation of excitement and meaning without resorting to rhetorical extremes. Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth, given on consecutive days, were the main works. We have learned to think of both primarily in terms of grand gestures, but they work just as well, if not better, when some of the expected loftiness is removed. Vänskä’s preference for tension and detail over volume and textural weight results in playing of exceptional lucidity from an orchestra that often functions with the precision of a chamber ensemble.”

Posted August 31, 2010