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Classical Notes: February 27, 2009 Archive

"Delirious Vitality": MN Orch Wows 'Em in London

Posted at 9:17 AM on February 27, 2009 by Gillian Martin

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra opened their European tour in London's Barbican Hall this past Tuesday and the reviews were quite good.

Edward Seckerson of The Independent focused on Osmo and the good effect he's had on the orchestra. He sensed the orchestra "raising its game, pushing its boundaries, and playing to the limit of its possibilities."

Martin Kettle of The Guardian focused on violin soloist Joshua Bell, but had compliments for Osmo and the orchestra, too.

Ivan Hewett of The Telegraph was excited by the orchestra's "thrilling sound."

Write your own review! You can hear that concert for yourself, tonight at 8 on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.

"The Most Important Concert of My Entire Life"

Posted at 4:59 PM on February 27, 2009 by Rex Levang

More than one listener in our region will be familiar with pianist Karl Paulnack--he spent part of his career here, and has appeared on Saint Paul Sunday.

He now works at Boston Conservatory, and a speech he made there the other day has been getting attention and circulating around the Internet. Read the whole thing here--including his account of "the most important work I have ever done": a recital in a Fargo nursing home.