The Violin Channel recently caught up with esteemed Finnish conductor and clarinetist, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director, Maestro Osmo Vänskä - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.
We sat him down to pick his brain on which 5 CD recordings he would take with him to a deserted island - and how the tracks have helped shape him as a musician.
"When I was a young boy, my parents bought our first LP player. At the time I was learning to play the clarinet, and after hearing this recording, my new dream was to become a conductor. I would "conduct" along with the recording daily, and the orchestra played well for me every time!"
Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 |CD|
Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
Release Date: July 27, 1999
"I studied for a short time with Karl Leister in Germany when I was in my 20s, and he influenced my clarinet playing as well as my general musicianship in a very important way. I have always had his amazing sound in my ear, and I love this recording of one of my all-time favorite pieces of music."
Mozart & Brahms: Clarinet Quintets |CD|
Karl Leister & Gervase de Peyer
Release Date: September 1, 2004
"Paavo Berglund was a very important conductor for me. His rehearsals were great lessons about how to build up the orchestra and how to make it a better and better ensemble. Paavo didn’t compromise! I was co-principal clarinet at Helsinki Philharmonic when he was chief conductor. I learned a lot from him. His recordings of Sibelius are still the very best ones."
Sibelius: Symphonies, Finlandia, The Oceanides, Tapiola, Kullervo |5 CD|
Paavo Berglund & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: August 18, 2017
4. Mix-tape of female jazz vocalists, including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and others
"For my fourth selection, I would make a mix-tape (or a playlist if I could have my iPhone). When I am at home relaxing there is usually jazz playing in the house, and one of my favorite playlists is a mix of many female jazz vocalists. It includes Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and many others. They all had incredible voices, and I think it is so important for classical musicians to listen to other types of music."
The Definitive Collection |BOX SET|
Release Date: November 20, 2012
The Best of Ella Fitzgerald |3 CD|
Release Date: November 17, 2017
The Essential Nina Simone |2 CD|
Release Date: March 15, 2011
The Best of Billie Holiday |CD|
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
Release Date: July 30, 2002
"As you can tell, I am a big fan of the clarinet in general! I love listening to Benny Goodman, and he was an exceptional artist who played both classical and jazz music."
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert |2 CD|
Benny Goodman, Clarinet
Release Date: November 2, 1999