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Osmo Vanska

  • Composer
  • Conductor


Osmo Vänskä press reviews

“Vänskä has been the music director of the Minnesota [Orchestra] since 2003. For some years, it has been evident that he is a conductor of genius, one whom Furtwängler might have recognized as a kindred spirit. The crucial element in his work is unanimity — not unanimity of execution (although that was hardly lacking) but unanimity of feeling. The climaxes were as shattering as on any other night, but the quietest moments registered even more strongly. I hope that Vänskä and his players went home happy… For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.” (The New Yorker, March 2010)

“…the Sixth was wonderfully relaxed, without a trace of unnecessary rhetoric and a perfect example of Vänskä's total trust in Sibelius's sense of musical architecture, the "miraculous logic" that gave the LPO series its title, and which he understands better than any other conductor today.” (The Guardian, February 2010)

“He is an immensely physical conductor, a wiry individual who dances about the rostrum, working hard for every effect and living through every second of the music.” (Musical America, February 2010)