BIS Records and the Minnesota Orchestra release first disc in Mahler Recording Project
From June 12 to 18, any ticket purchase of $50 or more includes a free copy of the new recording
The Swedish label BIS Records is releasing its newest collaboration with Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra–a recording of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. The album will receive its U.S. release on August 4, but will be available at Orchestra Hall and through the Minnesota Orchestra’s website, minnesotaorchestra.org, beginning June 12.
To celebrate the new release, the Orchestra is announcing a special offer valid only from June 12 through 18. During that time, any Minnesota Orchestra ticket purchase of $50 or more—made in person, online or by phone—will include a free copy of the new recording.
Vänskä and the Orchestra recorded Mahler’s Fifth Symphony at Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall in a series of sessions in June 2016. They recorded Mahler’s Sixth Symphony last November, and to date, have made plans to record three additional symphonies: the Second during the current season and the First and Fourth during the 2017-18 season.
The BIS team, led by producer Robert Suff, recorded this album as a Super Audio CD (SACD), using surround sound recording technology to reproduce the sound of the concert hall as faithfully as possible. BIS Hybrid SACDs are playable on all standard CD players. Further information about the Minnesota Orchestra’s recordings on the BIS Records label can be found on the BIS website, www.bis.se.
Minnesota Orchestra Recording History
The Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903 as the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, issued its first recording in 1924 and has since recorded more than 450 works, with Osmo Vänskä leading a particularly rich period of recording since his tenure began in 2003. The Orchestra’s Sibelius Symphonies cycle was launched in 2012 with the release of the Second and Fifth Symphonies on a recording that received critical praise and a Grammy Award nomination. The second recording in the cycle—featuring the First and Fourth Symphonies—won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. The third and final disc of the set was released in July 2016. In January of this year, Vänskä and the Orchestra released a live-in-concert recording featuring Sibelius’ five-part symphonic poem Kullervo, his beloved Finlandia, and Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’ Migrations, a new work commissioned by the Orchestra. Other recent recordings include two albums of Beethoven and Mozart piano concertos featuring Yevgeny Sudbin; a two-disc Tchaikovsky set featuring pianist Stephen Hough; and a widely-praised cycle of the complete Beethoven symphonies, of which two discs—one of the Ninth Symphony and one of the Second and Seventh—drew Grammy and Classical FM Gramophone award nominations, respectively.
The Fifth Symphony
In 1901, Gustav Mahler composed a single movement scherzo unlike anything he had previously written, and subsequently sought out a way to incorporate it into a complete symphony. The resulting product was his Fifth Symphony, which became a three-section, five-movement work centered around the scherzo. A Funeral March and a stormy lament make up the first part of the symphony, which precedes the scherzo. Then, the elegant Adagietto and a dazzling Rondo-Finale complete the third section. The powerful, large-scale symphonic work has become one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies. The Minnesota Orchestra will perform the Adagietto movement as part of a Sommerfest program on July 21, 2017.
The Minnesota Orchestra gratefully acknowledges funding support for this project from Doug and Louise Leatherdale.
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
MAHLER Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
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TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Stage Door, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); and at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, two hours before all ticketed performances. For more information, call 612-371-5656 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2016-17 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator