Morning Glories: Osmo Vanska

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
February 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a stand-out work based on the theme for the week. We call them Morning Glories.

This week, Osmo Vänskä turns 60. We'll celebrate on Morning Glories with five recordings from his voluminous discography — all pieces by Nordic composers, as it turned out. We'll start with the earliest Vänskä recording we could find, then proceed to his years with the Lahti Philharmonic — a partnership that brought him, and that orchestra, international recognition. We'll also hear from Osmo Vänskä, clarinetist, and round out the week with two recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra, including a disc just released earlier this month. Happy Birthday, dear Osmo!

Monday

Rangstrom, "Vauxhall"
Stockholm Philharmonic

Tuesday

Sibelius: Legends Suite
Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday

Crusell: Clarinet Quartet
Osmo Vänskä, clarinet

Thursday (Vänskä's Birthday)

Grieg Peer Gynt Suite

Friday

Sibelius, Symphony No. 1
Minnesota Orchestra (new release)

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