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Highlights from the 2005 broadcast season

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  Emanuel Ax
 
Emanuel Ax
Ax Plays Mozart
Around Orchestra Hall, he's not world-famous pianist Emanuel Ax, but rather simply "Manny." Approachable, a great story-teller, warm, and humane—all qualities that he brings to the keyboard when he pulls up the bench. Listen to this wonderful American artist play Mozart’s final piano concerto, No. 27. Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä conducts.

MOZART Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27, K. 595
AHO Symphony No. 7, Insect Symphony

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

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  Adam Kuenzel
 
Adam Kuenzel
Nielsen Flute Concerto
Osmo Vänskä continues to introduce Minnesotans to the composer he considers a neglected 20th-century master: Denmark's Carl Nielsen. Principal flute Adam Kuenzel plays the warm-hearted Nielsen Flute Concerto. Kuenzel is as well known within the Orchestra for his athletic feats as for his silvery tone: on a recent Orchestra tour of the state, he pedaled his bicycle between the tour cities instead of taking the bus—racking up 240 miles in three days!

MOZART: Symphony No. 35, K. 385, Haffner
NIELSEN: Flute Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Adam Kuenzel, flute

arrow The Marriage of Figaro
Music director Osmo Vanska says: "Good art is never old fashioned. It's good because it touched someone's life." No matter what the program, Vanska and the Orchestra are making classical music touch lives in a startling way these days. Hear for yourself when the Minnesota Orchestra performs a concert of Mozart, Brahms, and Carl Nielsen.

MOZART: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto
NIELSEN: Symphony No. 5

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Viktoria Mullova, violin

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  Gilbert Varga
 
Gilbert Varga
Fantastical Tales
French conductor Gilbert Varga and the fabulous French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie come to Minnesota speaking about a dozen languages between them. But the only language that matters come concert time is the musical one—in this case a mostly French program of fireworks!

Franck: Le Chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Liszt: Totentanz
Frank: Symphonic Variations
Kodály: Suite from Háry János

Gilbert Varga, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

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  Yefim Bronfman
 
Yefim Bronfman
Bronfman plays Beethoven
It's like bench-pressing double your own weight, and then doing it again—but that's the workout the pianist Yefim Bronfman often sets for himself in concert performance. His last visit here he performed two Beethoven piano concertos on one night. It was thrilling to watch, and at the end of the night he seemed both energized and exhausted—a concert that still lives on in the memory! The pace is only slightly easier when Bronfman performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. They don't call it Emperor for nothing, you know!

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Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, K. 551, Jupiter

Philippe Jordan, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

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  Leila Josefowicz
 
Leila Josefowicz
Pictures at an Exhibition
Only days after the opening of the beautifully expanded Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the orchestra presented the great classic devoted to the power of visual art: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. And violin phenom Leila Josefowicz made a rare Minnesota visit and to perform the blazing Violin Concerto No. 1 of Prokofiev.

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Ravel: Mother Goose (complete ballet)
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Mussorgsky / Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Roberto Abbado, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

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  Beethoven
 
Beethoven
Beethoven's Best
The orchestra and conductor Osmo Vänskä have been getting stunning international praise for their first Beethoven CD which came out in 2005. Here’s a Beethoven concert that is just as exciting as the new CD: Beethoven Symphonies 6 and 8—which will be the next music they commit to disc in their Beethoven cycle.

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Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

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  Beethoven
 
Beethoven
Beethoven's Best II
The orchestra and conductor Osmo Vänskä have been getting stunning international praise for their first Beethoven CD. They're burrowing into more Beethoven in a series of concerts that is just as exciting as the new CD. Here are Symphonies 1 and 3.

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Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Osmo Vänskä, conductor

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  Christine Brewer
 
Christine Brewer
Verdi's Requiem
It's been famously said that the greatest masterpiece of the Italian opera genius, Giuseppe Verdi, wasn't an opera at all, but a piece for the church. Decide for yourself here, when the Orchestra and a great cast of singers give us Verdi's Requiem—with all the drama and fire and heart-breaking beauty of his best stage work.

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Verdi: Requiem

Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Frank Lopardo, tenor
Christine Brewer, soprano
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo
James Morris, bass
Minnesota Chorale



The audience at the Last Night of the Proms, 2003

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