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Classical Notes: August 9, 2006 Archive

Osmo Vanska: "Returning Hero" -NYT

Posted at 10:29 AM on August 9, 2006 by John Birge
Filed under: The blog

From a New York Times review of Mostly Mozart, enthusiastic words for Minnesota Orchestra maestro Osmo Vanska:

"Mr. Vanska, whose debut in the festival last year was a star-making event, was greeted as a returning hero. An exacting musician, he quickly revealed a care for textural balance and a predilection for extremes of dynamics in the Swiss composer Frank Martin�s �Overture in Homage to Mozart,� a tart but genial Neo-Classical curtain-raiser commissioned in 1956 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mozart�s birth."

The story is dated yesterday, but evidently didn't show up in the print edition, either then or today. The online version is here.

BTW, Osmo will take the Minnesota Orchestra to Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. Classical Minnesota Public Radio will broadcast the concert live on August 24. Check out our complete BBC Proms coverage.