Minnesota Orchestra honored with Grammy

Credit: Photo by Courtney Perry

The Minnesota Orchestra won a Grammy on Sunday for Best Orchestral Performance of Jean Sibelius’ First and Fourth Symphonies.

The Orchestra recorded the sessions in May and June of 2012, a few months before the lockout began.

This was the Orchestra’s third nomination under conductor Osmo Vänskä. In a 2007 interview with The Journal, Vänskä described the Orchestra’s preparations for an earlier recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1:

“If we want to play better, we have to play exactly the same way, so that finally, there is one person playing,” he said at the time. “When we are able to get different personalities playing in the same way, they are breathing in the same way, using the exact same sound color, exact same length of every note, then it comes to a really top level of quality.”

Grammy celebration concerts run March 27-29. Audience members will receive a complimentary copy of the Grammy-winning recording at homecoming concerts Feb. 7-15.

To listen to the symphonies via Spotify, visit http://www.minnesotaorchestra.org/buy/merchandise/cds-a-merchandise