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The Greatest Orchestra in the World

Posted at 5:08 PM on March 16, 2010 by Gillian Martin (2 Comments)
Filed under: Awards & Accomplishments, In the media, Musician stories

You may have heard us congratulating the Minnesota Orchestra for their fabulous review in this week's New Yorker.

Music critic Alex Ross wrote about the large number of different orchestras which had performed in Carnegie Hall recently, and concluded the piece with this bold statement:

For the duration of the evening of March 1st, the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.

You can read the whole piece here.

Comments (2)

I played there and it was fantastic. I felt there should have been a little more PRAISE for the Men's Choir which blew us orchestra members away regularly with the quality of their singing. Every factor had to be just right to get the results we got. Sincerely EJS

Posted by Edward J. Stack | March 17, 2010 3:29 PM


I just listened over the internet link to the performance of Beethoven's Seventh that the orchestra recorded two years ago. Stopped me from doing what I was doing for the entire symphony - it deserves that and much more. Mesmerizing music, with back and forth - each time I hear it I get new things, this time it was the "talk" between first and second violins (or violas?) that I heard amidst the furry and the acute power of the timpani in spots I had not noticed before, ALL with power, with balance, and with DRIVE, SO MUCH DRIVE!!! The Minnesota Orchestra sure knows how to DRIVE :+)

Thanks for airing this. I have been remiss in making a donation to MPR and I will do that today - on line, if I can figure it out.

I normally listen to you from Cornwall NY on the computer but now I am on leave from the United States Military Academy, West Point NY, to United States Air Force Academy, USAFA CO, teaching mathematics, and I started listening while I was consulting at Itasca Community College (Grand Rapids MN) and staying out on Lake Pokegama when my wife had not tuned our computer into MLB to listen to our beloved New York Yankees!!!!

I had read the review in the New Yorker and just sat out here in these glorious Rocky mountains - now snow covered out my window(worse places to be!) and thought, "Ah would it not have been nice to have a pastrami sandwich at the Carnegie Deli and then to the hall for the concert." Ah well, when we return "home" to New York next year we will catch the "kultcha" that is New York, but we will stay in touch with MPR, thank you very much.

Thanks for all you do for our hearts and spirits through classical music. Take care.

Brian Winkel

PS Here goes the work for this Saturday afternoon as Prairie Home Companion comes on just now - a program we first listened to while on sabbatical at Michigan Tech – as close as we had come to living in Minnesota until our venture to Lake Pokegama.

Posted by Brian Winkel | March 20, 2010 5:02 PM