After a two-year break for certain local difficulties, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesotans will resume recording the Sibelius symphonies for BIS.
Press release below.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 12, 2015)—Music Director Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra will resume recording for a Sibelius Symphonies cycle with BIS Records later this season in order to complete their survey of the Finnish composer’s seven symphonies. Following live performances, the Orchestra will record Sibelius’ Third, Sixth and Seventh symphonies in nine sessions at Orchestra Hall this May and June. A release date for this final album in the cycle is yet to be announced.
Mr. Vänskä and the Orchestra have previously released four Sibelius symphonies on the Swedish BIS label to accolades; an album featuring the stirring Second and Fifth Symphonies was issued in January 2012, earning a 2013 Grammy nomination, and a second CD, featuring the First and Fourth Symphonies, was released in February 2013 and won the 2014 Grammy Award for “Best Orchestral Performance.” The Sibelius recording project was put on hiatus during the Orchestra’s lockout; the planned 2015 sessions will mark the first recording sessions the Minnesota Orchestra has held since June 2012.