Osmo quits Minnesota with world premiere

Osmo quits Minnesota with world premiere


norman lebrecht

May 09, 2022

Osmo Vänskä will end 19 years as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra next month with the world premiere of a a symphony by his friend the Finnish violinist and composer Jaakko Kuusisto, who died in February, aged 48.

There will also be a performance of Mahler’s eighth symphony.


  • Dima says:

    That’s a very stylish act from Osmo.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Sad story.

    Here is a fragment of Kuusisto’s violin concerto:


    It has an American flavour (Adams) mixed with oldfashioned late-romanticism, with a touch of film music.

  • Gustavo says:

    Osmosis is the spontaneous net movement of solvent molecules through a selectively permeable membrane in the direction that tends to equalize the solute concentrations on the two sides.

  • Paul Barte says:

    Looking at the MN Orchestra website, I see Mahler 3, not 8.

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      Anyways, both pieces are crap.

    • Larry W says:

      minnesotaorchestra.org– Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, known as the Symphony of a Thousand, is one of the most ambitious choral symphonies that exists today. Join all of us for a grand conclusion to this historic season as we wish our music director farewell.

      This performance is part of the Mahler Recording Project, our ongoing initiative to record all ten Mahler symphonies with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. With a week of recording following these concerts, the Orchestra will have nearly completed the ten-part project, with a future recording date in the works for the final installment, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

    • Vaquero357 says:

      The Mahler 8th is still listed for June. They’ll be doing the Mahler 3rd next fall under Osmo in a guest or “emeritus” capacity.

      The Eighth was originally scheduled for June of 2020, but other events prevented that.

      IIRC, these are the last two symphonies they need to record to complete their Mahler cycle. Unless they also go for Das Lied von der Erde.

    • Tamino says:

      Interesting difference in what OV would go out with as the last movement he conducts in Minnesota.

      Mahler 3: What love tells me/(us)

      Mahler 8: “ All things transitory
      Are only symbols;
      What is insufficient,
      Here becomes an event;
      The indescribable
      Here is accomplished;
      The eternal feminine
      Pulls us upwards.”

  • Vaquero357 says:

    The headline is a bit sensational, but one understands: clicks. “Quitting” a job usually implies some degree of precipitousness or hostility. Osmo’s departure was announced long ago, and he’s enjoying a pretty normal “final seasons” for a music director.

    And as I mentioned elsewhere, he’ll be back next fall to conduct Mahler’s Third, which should (I think) complete his and the MO’s Mahler cycle….. unless they also want to do Das Lied von Der Erde and Das Klagende Lied.

  • BigSir says:

    A great orchestra that is better than the attention it gets.

  • john w. norvis says:

    No breeding like Finnbreeding. Add banjos to taste.

  • fflambeau says:

    Osmo has been fantastic. Hats off to him.