Best Classical Music of the Decade-Star Tribune
10. “Candide” 2019-Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence turned 50 with a joyful take on Bernstein’s operetta, brilliantly re-imagined as a 1930s radio broadcast by Peter Rothstein.
9. It’s Raining Grammys-Discs of Sibelius by the Minnesota Orchestra (2014) and Schubert by the SPCO (2018) won the ultimate accolade.
8. Kenny Broberg Checks In 2018-Filling in for André Watts at Orchestra Hall, the Minneapolis native was imperious in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto.
7. Goodbye Stan 2016-Minnesota Orchestra conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s final performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony was one for the ages.
6. The Mighty Fallen 2018-Metropolitan Opera fired its longtime music director James Levine—a welcome sign the #MeToo movement had finally caught up with classical music.
5. “Walden Pond” 2015-In a decade that saw Dominick Argento’s passing, Dale Warland’s performance of the Minneapolis-based composer’s choral masterpiece lingers in the memory.
4. Player Power at the SPCO 2016-St. Paul Chamber Orchestra appointed principal violinist Kyu-Young Kim as artistic director—a first for a major U.S. orchestra.
3. “Das Rheingold” 2016-Minnesota Opera thrilled Wagnerians with its first-ever staging of a work from the composer’s epic Ring cycle.
2. Source Song Festival 2014-This August festival quickly became indispensable for its programming of art song and commitment to young singers.
1. “Kullervo” 2010-Osmo Vänskä stormed Carnegie Hall with Sibelius’ masterpiece on an evening when the New Yorker’s Alex Ross thought “the Minnesota Orchestra sounded like the greatest orchestra in the world.”