Minnesota Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1903 -
The Minnesota Orchestra, one of the leading American orchestras, has often been referred to as the "orchestra on wheels" because of its extensive touring. Its first tour occurred in the spring of 1907, a mere three and a half years after its formation. National tours soon led to world tours. When not on tour, the Orchestra's home was at the Minneapolis Auditorium until 1930, when they moved to the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Read more Minnesota. The Orchestra's present home, Orchestra Hall, was constructed on the site of the original Minneapolis Auditorium and opened in 1974.

The Minnesota Orchestra was known as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra throughout much of its existence. The change in name reflects its evolution from a local metropolitan orchestra to one embraced by the entire state of Minnesota. The Minnesota Orchestra, like so many others, has its roots in local, amateur choral and instrumental ensembles. Emil Oberhoffer, director of the Philharmonic Club ensemble, sought the funds to found a permanent orchestra. With a group of the Danz Orchestra to form the core of the orchestra, his efforts came to fruition with the inaugural performance of the 60-member Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra on November 5, 1903.

The Orchestra has had nine music directors since its inception. The first, Emil Oberhoffer, directed the Orchestra until 1922. During his 19-year tenure, he oversaw the development of the Orchestra into a nationally acclaimed and well-traveled ensemble. Upon Oberhoffer's retirement, Henri Verbrugghen was selected to lead the Orchestra. Under his direction, the Orchestra performed its first radio broadcast in 1923, and made their first recordings. Besides expanding their classical repertoire, he introduced new music by the avante-garde of the time: Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and Honegger. Shortly after completing the 1930-1931 season, Verbrugghen was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage.

Verbrugghen's successor was Eugene Ormandy. His talent and drive, which earned him acclaim as a "young genius," likened to Toscanini and Stokowski, is credited with seeing the Orchestra successfully through America's great depression. Ormandy stayed with the Orchestra only a few short years. He left in 1936 and was replaced by Dmitri Mitropoulos.

Under Mitropoulos the Orchestra furthered its exploration of progressive music, particularly that of Schoenberg, Berg, and Krenek. But they also featured such Romantics as Schumann and Mendelssohn. Although Mitropoulos was criticized for his rather unorthodox programming, paying little heed to audience desires or balance between traditionalists and progressives, he succeeded in earning a worldwide recognition for the Orchestra.

Mitropoulos left the Orchestra in 1949 and was replaced by Antal Dorati. During his 11 years with the orchestra, Dorati programmed performances with local choruses, directed their first television appearances, and, in 1957, led them on a world tour to Europe, the Middle East, and India, sponsored by the State Department.

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski assumed the role of director when Dorati left in 1960. Under Skrowaczewski, the Orchestra expanded both its membership and its season, now performing 50 weeks a year. During his tenure, in 1968, the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra became The Minnesota Orchestra. He presided over numerous special events, including the 1965 concert at the United Nations on Human Rights Day and Stravinsky's guest appearance in 1966. The Orchestra was rewarded twice with the ASCAP award for programming of contemporary music.

Neville Marriner became the seventh director in 1979. Marriner led the Orchestra through extensive recordings and, in 1980, began national weekly radio broadcasts. He turned the directorship over to Edo de Waart in 1986, who in turn relinquished the role to Eiji Oue in 1995. Osmo Vänskä was name music director in 2003. The Orchestra remains "the orchestra on wheels" with a European tour completed in the 2000 season. Read less
Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Vanska, Minnesota
Release Date: 10/24/2006   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1616   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 6 / Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 01/01/2008   Label: Bis  
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Beethoven: Nine Symphonies / Vanska, Juntunen, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 10/27/2009   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1825/6   Number of Discs: 5
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Sudbin, Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
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Catalog: 1758   Number of Discs: 1
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Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Vanska, Minnesota
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Catalog: 1996   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Active: 1903 -
The Minnesota Orchestra, one of the leading American orchestras, has often been referred to as the "orchestra on wheels" because of its extensive touring. Its first tour occurred in the spring of 1907, a mere three and a half years after its formation. National tours soon led to world tours. When not on tour, the Orchestra's home was at the Minneapolis Auditorium until 1930, when they moved to the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Andante, ma non troppo - Allegro energico
II. Andante (ma non troppo lento)
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale (quasi una Fantasia): Andante - Allegro molto
I. Tempo molto moderato, quasi adagio
II. Allegro molto vivace
III. Il tempo largo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
III. Vivacissimo -
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo: Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio un poco mosso
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Ruhig bewegt (nur nicht schnell)
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Bewegt - Trio: Gemachlich
IV. Finale: Massig bewegt
I. Adagio molto - Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro molto
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto, assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Finale: Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
I. Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the Brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Merry Gathering of Country Folk: Allegro
IV. Thunderstorm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's Song: Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto - Allegro assai
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 1 in D: I. Langsam. Schleppend - Immer sehr gemächlich
Symphony No. 1 in D: II. (Scherzo) Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell - Trio: Recht gemächlich
Symphony No. 1 in D: III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen - Sehr einfach und schlicht wie eine Volksweise - Wieder etwas bewegter, wie im Anfang
Symphony No. 1 in D: IV. Stürmisch bewegt - Langsam - Wieder wie zu Anfang. Stürmisch bewegt - Sehr landgam - Tempo I
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Invocation
II. Interlude No. 1: Meditation
III. Creation History
IV. Interlude No. 2: Cosmology
V. Doxology
I. Lento
II. Largo
III. Presto Tenebroso
IV. Finale
I. Adagio, Misterioso
II. Adagio, "Anton Bruckners Himmelfahrt"
No. 1.
No. 2. The Italian Cook and the English Maid
No. 3. Robert Browning
No. 4. The Death of Mr. Barrett
No. 5. Domesticity
I. Une rejouissance
II. Une caresse a ma femme
III. Un petit train du plaisir
No. 1. For the Healer, "David"
No. 2. For the God, "Apollo"
No. 3. For the Satyr, "Pan"
No. 4. For the Sorrower, "Orpheus"
No. 5. For the Angel, "Israfel"
No. 6. For the Saint, "Cecilia"
No. 7. For the Child, "Mozart"
Concerto in C Major for Violin and Orchestra, Hob. VIIa, No. 1: I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Non allegro
II. Andante con moto (Tempo di valse)
III. Lento assai
Colored Field: concerto for cello and orchestra: I. Colored Field
Colored Field: concerto for cello and orchestra: II. Pandora Dance
Colored Field: concerto for cello and orchestra: III. Hymns and Tablets
I. Il Sogno di Salomone (The Dream of Solomon)
III. La Danza di Belkis all'aurora (The Dance of Belkis at Dawn)
II. Danza guerresca (War Dance)
IV. Danza orgiastica (Orgiastic Dance)
I. I pini di Villa Borghese (The Pines of the Villa Borghese)
II. Pini presso una catacomba (Pines Near a Catacomb)
III. I pini del Gianicolo (The Pines of the Janiculum)
IV. I pini della via Appia (The Pines of the Appian Way)
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Andantino quasi allegretto
IV. Molto deliberato
I. Spring (Dawn, Parade)
II. Summer (Noon, Processsion)
III. Fall (Twilight, March)
IV. Winter (Midnight, Cortege, Postlude - homage to Gustav Mahler)
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Prologue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Somewhere
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Scherzo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Mambo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Cha-Cha
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Meeting Scene
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): 'Cool' Fugue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Rumble
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Finale
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: I. The Great Lover
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: II. Lonely Town (Pas de deux)
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: III. Times Square: 1944
I. Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde (The Drinking Song of Earth's Misery)
II. Der Einsame im Herbst (The Lonely One in Autumn)
III. Von der Jugend (Of Youth)
IV. Von der Schonheit (Of Beauty)
V. Der Trunkene im Fruhling (The Drunkard in Spring)
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Schwer
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Sehr massig
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Fliessend
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Schwer
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Nicht eilen
VI. Der Abschied (The Farewell): Sehr massig
Meditation No. 1
Meditation No. 2
Meditation No. 3
I. Sennets and Tuckets
II. Waltz
III. Mazurka
IV. Samba
V. Turkey Trot
VI. Sphinxes
VII: Blues
VIII: In memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever"
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Introduktion : Mäßiges Zeitmaß
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Thema: Mäßig - The Knight of the Mournful Countenance
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation I: Gemächlich - The adventure of the windmills
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation II: Kriegerisch - The battle with the sheep
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation III: Mäßiges Zeitmaß - Dialogue of Knight and Squire
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation V: Sehr langsam - Don Quixote's vigil
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation VI: Schnell - Dulcinea's enchantment
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation VII: Ein wenig ruhiger als vorher - The ride through the air
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation VIII: Gamächlich - The adventure of the enchanted boat
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation IX: Schnell und stürmisch - The battle with the enchanters
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Variation X: Viel breiter - Don Quixote's defeat and journey home
Don Quixote - fantastic variations for cello, viola & orchestra Op.35: Finale: Sehr ruhig - The death of Don Quixote
Scene 1
Der zwischenvorhang
Sehr feurig
Sehr feurig
Etwas breiter
Etwas breiter
Sehr schnell
Sehr schnell
Sehr schnell
Sehr schnell
Ziemlich langsam
Ziemlich langsam
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Nacht -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Sonnenaufgang -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Der Anstieg -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Der Eintritt in der Wald -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Wanderung neben dem Bache -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Am Wasserfall -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Auf blumige Wiesen -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Auf der Alm -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Durch Dickicht und Gestrüpp auf Irrwegen -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Auf dem Gletscher -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Gerfahrvolle Augenblicke -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Auf dem Gipfel -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Vision -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Nebel steigen auf -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Die Sonne verdüstert sich allmählich -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Elegie -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Stille vor dem Sturm -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Gewitter und Sturm -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Sonnenuntergang -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Ausklang -
Eine Alpensinfonie Op. 64: Nacht
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major Op. 4: I. Praeludium
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major Op. 4: II. Romanze
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major Op. 4: III. Gavotte
Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major Op. 4: IV. Introduktion und Fuge
Symphonia Domestica Op. 53: I. (Bewegt) - Thema I - Thema II - Thema III
Symphonia Domestica Op. 53: II. Scherzo (Munter)
Symphonia Domestica Op. 53: III. Mässig langsam (Wiegenlied)
Symphonia Domestica Op. 53: IV. Adagio (Langsam)
Symphonia Domestica Op. 53: V. Finale (Sehr lebhaft)
Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, S110/R427, "Mephisto Waltz No. 1"
(first ending)
(second ending)
I. Feierlich, misterioso -
I. Langsamer -
I. Moderato -
I. Langsamer -
I. Langsamer -
I. Langsamer -
I. Moderato -
II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft -
II. Scherzo: Trio - Schnell -
II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft -
III. Adagio: Langsam feierlich -
III. Adagio: Sehr langsam -
III. Adagio: Etwas bewegter -
III. Adagio: Tempo wie im anfange -
III. Adagio: Sehr Langsam -
III. Adagio: Sehr Langsam -
III. Adagio: Coda
Rome - Palerme
Tunis - Nefta
Valencia
Promenade
I. The Gnome
Promenade
II. The Old Castle
Promenade
III. Tuileries
IV. Bydlo
Promenade
V. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
VII. The Market Place at Limoges
VIII. Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum
VIII. Con mortuis in lingua mortua
IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
X. The Great Gate of Kiev


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