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.