Osmo Vänskä

Biography

Born: Feb 28, 1953; Finland  
In the 1980s Osmo Vänskä successfully transitioned from principal clarinetist to conductor and went on to hold some of the world's most prestigious and coveted conducting posts, including music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. Actually, the transition was rather brief: Vänskä won the 1982 Besançon Young Conductors Competition and thereafter turned largely to conducting, landing his first major post in 1985, when he was appointed guest Read more conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Since that time Vänskä has held a half-dozen or so major posts and appeared on more than 100 recordings. He is best known for his advocacy of Finnish music, particularly from the 20th century, with the names Aho, Crusell, Klami, Kokkonen, Kajanus, and Rautavaara appearing regularly on his programs. But Vänskä is probably best known for his spirited Sibelius, both in the concert hall and on recordings. That said, Vänskä has hardly limited himself to Finnish music: his repertory includes works by a vast array of composers, including Beethoven (whose cycle of nine symphonies he recorded for BIS), Bruckner, Mussorgsky, Mahler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Nielsen, Poulenc, Britten, Bax, and even Leroy Anderson. Beside BIS, Vänskä has recorded for Hyperion, Ondine, LPO, Classico, and Kontrapunkt.
Osmo Vänskä was born in Sääminki, Finland, on February 28, 1953. Though he studied conducting under Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, his initial focus there was the clarinet.
Vänskä served as principal clarinet for the Turku Philharmonic from 1971-1976. While there, he made his conducting debut (1975), garnering approval from both critics and public alike. From 1977-1982 Vänskä was co-principal clarinetist for the Helsinki Philharmonic.
Following the Besançon competition victory and Lahti appointment, Vänskä was suddenly in demand. He was elevated to chief conductor of the Lahti Symphony in 1988 and held the post until 2008. During this 20-year stint he held several other posts as well: chief conductor of the Iceland Symphony (1993-1996), principal conductor of BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1996-2002), and finally music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, from 2003.
Vänskä has received two contract extensions from the Minnesota Orchestra management, the latest in 2009, which keeps the maestro in Minnesota through the 2014-2015 season. In 2008, Vänskä's composition The Bridge was premiered by the Minnesota-based Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, under music director William Schrickel. Among Vänskä's later recordings is his 2009 BIS CD To Be Certain of the Dawn, an oratorio by Minnesota-based composer Stephen Paulus. Read less
Beethoven: Symphonies No 1 & 6 / Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra
Release Date: 01/01/2008   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1716   Number of Discs: 1
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Kokkonen: Cello Concerto, Etc / Thedéen, Vänskä, Lahti So
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 468   Number of Discs: 1
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Crusell: Concertante Works / Vänskä, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 495   Number of Discs: 1
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Britten: Sinfonietta, Serenade, Etc / Vänskä, Tapiola Sinf
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 540   Number of Discs: 1
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Finlandia- A Festival Of Finnish Music / Vänskä, Kang
Release Date: 04/04/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 575   Number of Discs: 1
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    Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Wood Nymph / Vanska
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1745 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 3 / Vanska, BBC Scottish
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55474 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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    New Music Collections, Vol. 3: Orchestral
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Causton,  Dominic Muldowney,  Nicholas Maw,  Richard Ayres  ... 
    Performer:  Roy Carter,  Wim Timmermans,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Robin Michael
    Conductor:  Nicholas Collon,  Michael T. Thomas,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Roland Kluttig  ... 
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    Hartmann: Symphonies 1-8 / Vanska, Stenz, Gaffigan...
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72583 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Conductor:  Christoph Poppen,  Osmo Vänskä,  Ingo Metzmacher,  Markus Stenz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3; Mozart: Piano Concerto No 24 / Sudbin, Vanska
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1978 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Aho: Symphony No 15, Minea, Double Bass Concerto / Vanska, Lahti Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1866 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kalevi Aho
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    The Unknown Sibelius - Rarities & First Recordings
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2065 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Jorma Hynninen,  Folke Gräsbeck,  Peter Lönnqvist,  Jyrki Lasonpalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Okko Kamu,  Osmo Vänskä,  Robert Sund,  Seppo Murto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  Dominante Choir,  Orphei Drängar
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 1 & 4 / Vanska, Minnesota
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1996 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Britten: Piano & Violin Concertos / Servadei, Azizian
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1152 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Sergei Azizian,  Annette Servadei
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä,  Joseph Giunta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sibelius: Symphonies No 2 & 5 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1986 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Sibelius Edition Vol 12 - Symphonies / Vanska, Lahti SO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1933/5 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Timo Saarenpää,  Ilkka Pälli,  Antti Autio
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 / Sudbin, Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1758 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Yevgeny Sudbin
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    Nielsen: The Symphonies / Vanska, Lahti SO, BBC Scottish SO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1839/40 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Aho: Symphony No 13, Piano Concerto No 2 / Siirala, Vanska
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1316 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kalevi Aho
    Performer:  Antti Siirala
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Caprice Records   Catalog: 21415 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arne Mellnäs,  Aram Khachaturian,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Torbjörn Lundquist  ... 
    Performer:  Kjell Fagéus
    Conductor:  Brian Priestman,  Osmo Vänskä
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    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Vanska, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1746 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 50 - Tchaikovsky / Hough, Vanska, Minnesota
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67711 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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    The Sound Of Sibelius / Vanska, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1645 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Nine Symphonies / Vanska, Juntunen, Minnesota Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1825/6 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Katarina Karnéus,  Neal Davies,  Helena Juntunen,  Daniel Norman
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Minnesota Chorale
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    Thea Musgrave: Turbulent Landscapes / Milne, Glennie
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thea Musgrave
    Performer:  Nicholas Daniel,  Evelyn Glennie,  Lisa Milne
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Sibelius Edition Vol 8 - Orchestral Music
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1921/3 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Neeme Järvi,  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Pizzetti: Orchestral Works / Vanska, Bbc Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55329 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ildebrando Pizzetti
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Stephen Paulus: To Be Certain Of The Dawn
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1726 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Paulus
    Performer:  Cantar Barry Abelson
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
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  • 24.
    Kaipainen, Merilainen, Nielsen, R Strauss / Karita Mattila, Osmo Vanska, Lahti Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: ODE792 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Richard Strauss,  Uuno Klami,  Usko Meriläinen  ... 
    Performer:  Harri Ahmas,  Ilkka Pälli,  Timo Saarenpää,  Eero Munter  ... 
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Chamber Ensemble
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    Bax: Tintagel;  Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3 Op. 44 / Vänskä, London Po
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 36 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Biography

Born: Feb 28, 1953; Finland  
In the 1980s Osmo Vänskä successfully transitioned from principal clarinetist to conductor and went on to hold some of the world's most prestigious and coveted conducting posts, including music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. Actually, the transition was rather brief: Vänskä won the 1982 Besançon Young Conductors Competition and thereafter turned largely to conducting, landing his first major post in 1985, when he was appointed guest Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island
II. The Swan of Tuonela
III. Lemminkainen in Tuonela
IV. Lemminkainen's Return
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Moderato, Passionato
II. Cadenza I (Pizzicato)
III. Presto - Tranquillo - Presto
IV. Misterioso (Cadenza II)
V. Andante - Allegro ritmico
I. Nebbia
II. Musica bizzarra
III. Interludio
IV. Musica strana
HUL 1325
HUL 1326/9
HUL 1326/10
HUL 1327
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. Allegro orgoglioso
II. Andante
III. Allegro comodo
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro collerico
II. Allegro comodo e flemmatico
III. Andante malincolico
IV. Allegro sanguineo
I. Allegro espansivo
II. Andante pastorale
III. Allegretto un poco
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Poco allegretto
III. Poco adagio quasi andante
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio non troppo -
II. Allegro -
I. Tempo giusto
II. Humoreske: Allegretto
III. Proposta seria: Adagio
IV. Tema con variazioni
I. -
II. -
III. -
I. Introduzione - Allegro imperioso - Interludio I - Andante semplice, malinconico - Interludio II - Moderato aristocratico
II. Introduzione - Presto violento e allegretto strisciante e accondiscente - Andante triste e rassegnato - Sunto e culminante - Epilogo
I. Ruhig bewegt (nur nicht schnell)
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Bewegt - Trio: Gemachlich
IV. Finale: Massig bewegt
I. Intermezzo: Moderato
II. Ballade: Tempo di menuetto
III. Alla marcia: Moderato
Rag-Time
Blues
I. Lento - Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Allegro
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. Introduction: Allegro moderato
II. Kullervo's Youth: Grave
III. Kullervo and his Sister: Allegro vivace
IV. Kullervo Goes to War: Alla marcia [Allegro molto] - Vivace - Presto
V. Kullervo's Death: Andante
I. Syntyi kun maailmat, luonto kun luotiin (When the planets were born, when nature was created)
II. Kaskeksi korvet ne raadettiin (We tore down and burned the woods for fields)
III. Andantino
I. Allegro: Terve nuori ruhtinas (Hail young prince)
II. Allegro: Oikeuden varmasa turvassa (In the sure security of justice)
I. Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island: Allegro assai - Allegro
II. Lemminkainen and Tuonela: Largamente - Molto lento - Largamente
III. Lemminkainen's Return: Allegro con fuoco - Molto vivace
IV. Lemminkainen's Return: Allegro con fuoco - Molto vivace - [Quasi presto/ Vivacissimo]
Allegretto un poco -
Poco adagio -
Allegro non troppo - Adagio - Allegro vivace
I. Tempestoso
II. Cadenza: Tranquillo
III. Vivace con brio
IV. Adagio mesto
V. Epilogo: Misterioso
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 Andanre, ma rubato
III. Vivacissimo -
IV. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andantino con moto, quasi allegretto
III. Moderato - Allegro (ma non tanto)
I. Tempo molto moderato: Allegro moderato  
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto  
III. Allegro molto: Largamente assai  
I. Allegro molto moderato 
II. Allegretto moderato 
III. Poco vivace 
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato 
II. Adagio di molto  
III. Allegro, ma non tanto