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Osmo Vänskä, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ildebrando Pizzetti: Orchestral Music (1999)

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Osmo Vänskä, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ildebrando Pizzetti: Orchestral Music (1999)

Osmo Vänskä, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra - Ildebrando Pizzetti: Orchestral Music (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 273 Mb | Total time: 76:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA67084 | Recorded: 1998

With the exception of a few works by Ottorino Respighi, and for reasons which are relatively obscure, the orchestral concert music of the generation of Italian composers to which Ildebrando Pizzetti belongs has—so far as international acceptance is concerned—remained little-known outside Italy.

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)

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Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.4 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 58:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-SACD-2356 | Recorded: 2018

In Gustav Mahler's first four symphonies many of the themes originate in his own settings of folk poems from the collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy's Magic Horn). A case in point, Symphony No. 4 is built around a single song, Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life) which Mahler had composed some eight years earlier, in 1892. The song presents a child's vision of Heaven and is hinted at throughout the first three movements. In the fourth, marked ‘Sehr behaglich’ (Very comfortably), the song is heard in full from a solo soprano instructed by Mahler to sing: ‘with serene, childlike expression; completely without parody!’

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.1 (2019)

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Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.1 (2019)

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.1 (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 208 Mb | Total time: 56:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2346 | Recorded: 2018

The shimmering string harmonics at the opening of Gustav Mahlers First Symphony bring to mind the suspended breath of spring, and will have signaled even to the very first audiences that a new symphonic era was being ushered in. Soon enough the composer introduces some of the elements that would become key components of his musical language: sounds of nature (here cuckoo calls) are combined with quasi-militaristic fanfares and high-art chromatic wanderings in cellos, as if to illustrate Mahlers view of the symphony as an all-embracing art form. The symphony, which the composer originally gave the subtitle Titan, borrows extensively from the song cycle Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.7 (2020)

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Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.7 (2020)

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.7 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 77:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS ‎| BIS-SACD-2386 | Recorded: 2018

In an effort to arrange the first performance of his Seventh Symphony, Gustav Mahler declared it to be his best work, preponderantly cheerful in character. His younger colleague Schoenberg expressed his admiration for the work, and Webern considered it his favorite Mahler symphony. Nevertheless, it remains the least performed and least written-about symphony of the entire cycle, and has come to be regarded as enigmatic and less successful than its siblings.

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.2 (2018)

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Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.2 (2018)

Osmo Vänskä, Minnesota Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No.2 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 84:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | BIS-SACD-2296 | Recorded: 2017

Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony started life as a single-movement tone poem called Todtenfeier ('Funeral Rites'). Completed in 1888 one year before Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration it echoed the composer's vision of seeing himself lying dead in a funeral bier surrounded by flowers. Deciding to use it as his opening movement, Mahler didn't finish the complete five-movement symphony until more than six years later, the longest time he spent on any work.

Yevgeny Sudbin, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)

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Yevgeny Sudbin, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2 (2017)
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano; Tapiola Sinfonietta; Osmo Vänskä conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2078 | Time: 01:03:19

On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven’s three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and the performances have been described as ‘electrifying’ (classicfm.com), ‘absolutely stunning’ (Fanfare) and ‘a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss’ (ClassicsToday.com). For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first.