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
Sibelius: Symphonies No 6 & 7, Tapiola / Vänskä, Lahti So
Release Date: 10/01/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 864   Number of Discs: 1
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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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  • 51.
    Rautavaara - The Journey / Vänskä, Kuusisto, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1315 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Performer:  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Sibelius: Overture In A Minor, Etc / Vanska, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1265 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Stina Ekblad
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jubilate Choir,  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Kajanus: Sinfonietta, Aino, Etc / O. Vanska, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1223 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Kajanus
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  YL Male Voice Choir
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  • 54.
    Aho: Symphonic Dances, Symphony No 11 / Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1336 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kalevi Aho
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kroumata Percussion Ensemble,  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Pacius: Die Loreley/ Vanska, Isokoski, Sirkia, Lahti So, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1393/4 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fredrik Pacius
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski,  Raimo Sirkiä,  Topi Lehtipuu,  Arttu Kataja  ... 
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dominante Choir,  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Swedish Hymns
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1409 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Sibelius: Finlandia, Etc / Vänskä, Lahti So, Gräsbeck, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1295 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck,  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 2 And 5 / Osmo Vanska, Bbc Scottish
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1289 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Rondo Of The Waves - Sibelius: Aallottaret, Etc / Vänskä
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1445 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Traditional
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Britten: Concerto For Violin & Orchestra In D Minor/Walton: Concerto For Violin
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220544 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Sergei Azizian
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä,  Giordano Bellincampi
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  • 61.
    Aho: Symphony No 3;  Mussorgsky / Vänskä, Lahti So, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1186 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Kalevi Aho
    Performer:  Matti Salminen,  Jaakko Kuusisto
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Suomalainen Kansalaulu / Osmo Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1327 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  J. Raiskinen
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Vanska, Bbc Scottish So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1209 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Anu Komsi,  Christian Immler
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Suomalainen Virsi - Finnish Hymns 2 / Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1349 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ilkka Kuusisto,  Herman Rechberger,  Harri Ahmas  ... 
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Macmillan: Confession Of Isobel Gowdie, Etc / Vänskä, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James MacMillan
    Performer:  Martin Fröst
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Joy - Highlights From The World-famous Choir / Tapiola Choir
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oskar Merikanto,  Traditional,  Taneli Kuusisto,  Kreeta Haapasalo  ... 
    Performer:  Matti Vainio,  Matti Kontio,  Sinikka Kontio,  Hannu Hirvensalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Kari Ala-Pöllänen,  Erkki Pohjola,  Osmo Vänskä,  Jorma Panula
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Choir,  Tapiola Sinfonietta,  Tapiola Children's Choir
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  • 67.
    Sibelius: En Saga, The Dryad, The Bard, Etc/ Vanska
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1225 Release Date: 06/18/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Music! - Rantala, J. Kuusisto, Et Al / Osmo Vanska, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5015 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Iiro Rantala
    Performer:  Pekka Kuusisto,  Jaakko Kuusisto,  Alan Smithee
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 And 6 / Vanska, Bbc Scottish So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1079 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Finnish Hymns / Osmo Vänskä, Lahti Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1149 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Finntastic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1277 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Uuno (Kalervo) Klami,  Jean Sibelius,  Joonas Kokkonen,  Bernhard Henrik Crusell  ... 
    Performer:  Folke Gräsbeck
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Hermann Bäumer,  Astrid Riska  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  Tapiola Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Helsinki University Chorus  ... 
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  • 72.
    Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies / Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1286/8 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Sibelius: Kullervo / Vänskä, Paasikivi, Laukka, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Lilli Paasikivi,  Raimo Laukka
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra,  Helsinki University Chorus
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  • 74.
    Aho: Chinese Songs, Symphony No 4 / Vahevaara, Vänskä, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1066 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kalevi Aho
    Performer:  Tiina Vahevaara
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Sibelius: Symphony No 5 (2 Versions) / Vänskä, Lahti So
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 863 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Osmo Vänskä
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony 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