New video: Osmo Vänskä bravely joins the wet-wipes set

New video: Osmo Vänskä bravely joins the wet-wipes set


norman lebrecht

February 28, 2014

The Finnish conductor submits to the ticklish Nick Cannelakis spoof interview site.


osmo vanska



Sample questions:

– Is Osmo short for anything?

– You don’t want a job?

– In America, the unemployment is very high right now.

Osmo: I resigned because…

Great fun.


  • Petros Linardos says:

    Couldn’t stop laughing.

  • David Boxwell says:

    Vanska should collaborate with Kaurismaki. Are all Finns this deadpan funny?

    • MWnyc says:

      Esa-Pekka Salonen certainly is. Karita Mattila too. (She’s also a fine stage comedienne; she sometimes cracked me up as Elina Makropoulos, and it was great to see someone be so playful in the role.)

      Kaija Saariaho, not so much. She seems to be a pretty serious person.

      Anyone know about Susanna Mälkki or Sakari Oramo?

      • timwalton3 says:

        Yes, Sakari has a great sense of humour.

        Whenever he greets me back in Birmingham it is always with a broad Birmingham accent, which is better than some born here!

  • Albert says:

    I guess I’m in the minority but I didn’t find this funny at all. It’s another example of America’s fascination with ignorance and stupidity as entertainment. Osmo seems quite uncomfortable throughout the interview. Maybe he thought it was going to be a real interview rather than a spoof.

  • Rosana Martins says:

    I loved it! Osmo Vänskä seems to be having a lot of fun and succeeding in keeping a poker face, most of time…

  • Tero-Pekka Henell says:

    Happy Birthday, Osmo! As well as the Kalevala Datyand the Day of the Finnish Culture!