2010: The Most Memorable Moments in Music

12.08.10
Minnesota Orchestra
The New Yorker

By Alex Ross

Performance: While one orchestra after another trundled through Carnegie Hall with unobjectionable renditions of unexceptional repertory, Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra offered, on March 1st, an astoundingly forceful, never-to-be-forgotten account of Sibelius’s “Kullervo” Symphony. Even the memory of it brings tears to my eyes. What secret of musical emotion does Vänskä possess? And why do so many other top-flight orchestras leave the listener impressed but unmoved?