Dear Minnesota Orchestra community,
I am hoping you are reading this in the best of health or on your way back to it. To help you through this trying time, I have curated a list of samples of some of the Minnesota Orchestra's greatest hits in our recorded history. I was able to find recordings that include what we've done over the last several decades with as many of our music directors as Spotify would offer. It is my hope that, in listening to this large random sampling, you might be encouraged to remember that the Minnesota Orchestra has a vast recorded legacy that stretches all the way back to when Eugene Ormandy was our music director from 1931-36, when we were called the Minneapolis Symphony and became the first orchestra to record Mahler's 2nd Symphony. Today, we continue to record—currently working on the symphonies of Mahler and new works from living composers. Enjoy this sampler and enjoy your archaeological digging into an important recorded history!
–Manny Laureano, principal trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1981
A few notes from Manny highlighting particular selections in this playlist:
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, conducted by Antal Dorati
This recording sold a million copies and put the 1812 Overture on the map as it was used for Independence Day celebrations afterward.
Strauss’ Don Juan, conducted by Eiji Oue
This particular performance of Don Juan was done on two takes at the end of a long recording session with many other pieces!
Faure’s Pavane, conducted by Eiji Oue
This particular recording features Principal Flute Adam Kuenzel and the rest of the Orchestra’s woodwind section.
Sibelius’s Kullervo Goes to War from Kullervo, conducted by Osmo Vänskä
This is the same music the Minnesota Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 2010 in a concert that led The New Yorker’s Alex Ross to write “for the duration of the evening...the Minnesota Orchestra sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.”
Also, at the end of the playlist, you’ll find a personal favorite movement from each one of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies.