Neeme Järvi

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Neeme Järvi

Neeme Järvi, born on June 7, 1937, is probably the best known Estonian in the world.

He graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory in 1960. He is the cofounder of the Estonian Radio Chamber Orchestra in Tallinn and its artistic director.

Neeme Järvi is among the most recorded conductors in the world. Since 1983, 357 CDs have been produced under his baton.

During the last ten and a half years, Neeme Järvi has given 1119 concerts in 125 cities, conducting 72 different orchestras.

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Busoni: Orchestral Works

Busoni: Orchestral Works


Busoni:

Orchestral Suite No. 2 'Geharnischte Suite', Op. 34a

Berceuse élégiaque, Op. 42

Concertino for Clarinet and Small Orchestra, Op. 48

John Bradbury (clarinet)

Sarabande and Cortège, Op. 51

Tanzwalzer, Op. 53

Lustspiel Overture, Op. 38

Indianische Fantasie, Op. 44

Nelson Goerner (piano)

Gesang vom Reigen der Geister, Op. 47

Orchestral Suite from Die Brautwahl


This special re-issue gathers the two albums in Neeme Järvi’s exploration, with the BBC Philharmonic, of the unjustly neglected works of the Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni.

Those two volumes, sold here for the price of one, were released to critical acclaim in 2002 and 2005, respectively. The Gramophone reviewer stated:

‘Järvi’s performances on his two Busoni collections are the most consistently sympathetic I’ve heard in some years and they’re sure – not least because of the series’ comprehensiveness – to enhance Busoni’s reputation as an orchestral composer.’

The set spans the varied musical life of an iconic twentieth-century composer, who around WWI shifted from a late romantic style (heard in the Orchestral Suite and Lustspiel-Ouvertüre) to a more personal, loosely tonal style which culminated in the final masterpiece, Doktor Faust, two movements from which, Sarabande and Cortège, are featured here.

“Greater exuberance and amorous sentiment is to be found in the Die Brautwahl suite (drawing on his opera of the same name). The Suite was premiered in Berlin in 1913 by Oskar Fried. The finale has much of the fluttering eagerness of the Lustspiel-Ouvertüre but a degree more polish.” MusicWeb International, August 2017

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Strauss in St Petersburg

Strauss in St Petersburg


Smirnitskaya:

Erste Liebe, Op. 14

Strauss, J, II:

Newa-Polka Francaise, Op. 288

Persischer Marsch, Op. 289

Russischer Marsch

Grossfurstin Alexandra, Op. 181

Olga-Polka, Op. 196

Alexandrine-Polka francaise, Op. 198

Abschied von St. Petersburg, Walzer, Op. 210

Bauern-Polka, Op. 276

Grossfursten-Marsch, Op. 107

Vergnügungszug, Op. 281

Wein, Weib und Gesang, Op. 333

Kronungs-Marsch, Op. 183

Hofball-Quadrille, Op. 116

An der Wolga - Polka mazurka, Op. 425

St. Petersburg (Quadrille on Russian Themes), Op. 255

Auf zum Tanze! Polka schnell, Op. 436

Russischer Marsch-Fantasie, Op. 353

Alexander, Op. 33

Pizzicato Polka


This is a double-anniversary disc, offering a rare collection of lively works to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra as well as the eightieth birthday of its principal conductor, Neeme Järvi.

Cheerful marches and dances here trace the career of Johann Strauss II as it manifested itself in his much acclaimed seasons in St Petersburg, at the ‘Russian summer’ concerts in the Vauxhall pavilion in Pavlovsk, where he appeared for eleven seasons (1856 – 65 and 1869), ten of them consecutively. It is an unmissable start to a year-long celebration for Neeme Järvi that will include concerts, promotions, and other CD releases.

“20 tracks in all, with a handful of perennials scattered among the rarities, a veritable party-pack of Strauss family exotica. Järvi's performances are spirited and straightforward. Most enjoyable.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“Neeme Järvi and his Estonian players impart to these endlessly inventive scores an infectious sense of joie de vivre and conviviality that no doubt reflects the spirit in which they would have been performed during sunny afternoons spent in St Petersburg’s Pavlovsk Park…luxurious engineering imparts to this glorious music a sparkling summer radiance and warm glow.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

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Robin de Raaff: Entangled Tales

Robin de Raaff: Entangled Tales


Raaff:

Cello Concerto

Marien van Staalen (cello)

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Entangled Tales

The Hague Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi

Symphony No. 3 'Illumination...Eclipse'

Het Gelders Orkest, Antonello Manacorda


Marien van Staalen on the Cello Concerto: This cello concerto is a miracle, both for the listener and for the soloist. The listener is swept along through unexplored terrain. The instrumentation stands out – even for a master like Robin. For a cello, Robin’s concerto is innovative and challenging from a technical point of view. The premiere with Yannick and the orchestra was like a celebration – you can hear it. New work only reveals its secrets after a lot of listening, so it is fantastic that this recording is being made.

Entagled Tales: In the summer of 2007, Robin de Raaff wrote Entangled Tales for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Entangled Tales is built up of several layers. It is a continual variation of small elements: rhythms, brief melodies, and ever-changing sounds in the rich palette of a large symphony orchestra. He does not hesitate to use an opulent instrumentation in impressionist and expressionist sphere.

Symphony no. 3: For the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 2015, the Het Gelders Orkest asked Robin de Raaff to write a special composition. The result is a symphony of three movements on the concepts of light and dark, referred to as illumination and eclipse. These words do not point to a state of being, but to motion. It is not just about states – light and dark – but also about motion: illumination and eclipse.

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The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times

The Year 1917 – Music in Turbulent Times


Bartók:

The Wooden Prince: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Doll

Chicago Symphony Orchestra,, Pierre Boulez

Bridge:

Cello Sonata in D minor, H125: Allegro ma non troppo - Molto allegro e agitato

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello), Benjamin Britten (piano)

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Julius Drake (piano)

Debussy:

Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon

Philippe Cassard

Violin Sonata: Allegro vivo

Augustin Dumay (violin), Maria João Pires (piano)

Eisler:

Panzerschlacht

Die letzte Elegie

Die Heimkehr

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)

Falla:

El sombrero de tres picos: Danza del molinera (farruca)

Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Holst:

The Planets: Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age

Boston Symphony Orchestr, William Steinberg

Ives, C:

In Flanders Fields

Anna Prohaska (soprano), Eric Schneider (piano)

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: Andantino

Shlomo Mintz (violin)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Ravel:

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Monique Haas (piano)

Respighi:

Fountains of Rome: La fontana di Trevi al meriggio

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Satie:

Parade

Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux

Shostakovich:

Symphony No. 12 in D minor, Op. 112 'The Year 1917'

Göteborgs Symfoniker, Neeme Järvi

Stravinsky:

Les Noces: La Tresse

Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, John Mitchinson, Paul Hudson, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Cyprien Katsaris, Homero Francesc

English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble, English Bach Festival Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony': Lento


1917 was a year of turbulence – both artistically and politically. It was the penultimate year of World War I, the year of the Russian Revolution, and a year that saw artistic and cultural changes take place. This compilation explores the music inspired by the turbulent times at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each work tells part of the story of this pivotal year, for example:

Respighi’s Fountains of Rome was premiered in 1917 after Toscanini refused to conduct it the previous year after it had been programmed alongside music by Wagner;

Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin was completed in 1917. Each movement is dedicated to a friend who had been killed in the war;

Satie’s Parade was a true collaboration across creative worlds: sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso, scenario by Jean Cocteau, music by Erik Satie, and danced by the Ballets Russes in 1917;

Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony no.12 “The Year 1917” was written in 1961 in the heart of Communist Russia. It has been suggested that Shostakovich originally wrote a satire of Lenin but due to the potential danger had to recompose the piece at the last minute.

Newly written notes (in English, German and French) by Michael Stegemann, professor of musicology at the University of Dortmund, journalist and former pupil of Oliver Messiaen, explore the stories behind the music.

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Prokofiev: Violin Concertos

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos


Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

Sonata in D major for solo violin, Op. 115


Nathan Milstein once described Sergei Prokofiev’s first violin concerto as ‘one of the best modern violin concertos… a brilliant piece, perhaps the finest of all Prokofiev’s works’, while the second concerto was taken up by violinists such as David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz. Here the two works are interpreted by the Ukrainian-born Vadim Gluzman, who as many critics have remarked is firmly based in the glorious tradition of these and other virtuosos of the 19th and 20th centuries. His several discs for BIS have included concertos by Tchaikovsky and Bruch as well as by Gubaidulina and Barber, earning him accolades such as Diapason d’or de l’année, and numerous recommendations by magazines and websites including The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and ClassicsToday.com. On the present disc, Gluzman is supported by the eminent Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi, with impressive credentials in Prokofiev’s music. Gluzman rounds off the programme with Prokofiev’s only solo work for the violin, the Sonata in D major, Op.115 – one of the composer’s less familiar compositions for the instrument. Strictly speaking it is a sonata for several violins: Prokofiev wrote the piece in 1947 to be played in unison by violin students. Despite its pedagogical purpose, the sonata is far more than just a technical exercise, however, presenting an overwhelming richness of ideas and emotions within a short time-frame.

“Gluzman is as feisty a storyteller as any I’ve heard…[his] all-out style is ideally suited to the beefier, proto-Soviet idiom of the Second Concerto…[this is a] rather special hybrid SACD.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016

“Gluzman makes the melody sound endless; all lines are perfectly directed towards their goals…[his] pure intonation is a constant glory, haloed in natural sound…a thing of great beauty” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 *****

“Gluzman and Järvi don’t disappoint in Prokofiev violin concertos.” MusicWeb International, 19th October 2016

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Atterberg: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5

Atterberg: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5


Atterberg:

Symphony No. 7, Op. 45 'Sinfonia romantica'

Symphony No. 9, Op. 54 'Sinfonia Visionaria'

Anna Larsson (soprano) & Olle Persson (baritone)

Gothenburg Symphony Chorus


The final volume in our Atterberg series with Neeme Järvi and his Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is finally out. Recorded on SACD like most of the previous ones, it features two late, again rarely performed symphonies.

The seventh, featured here in its final, threemovement form, was written in 1942, fourteen years after its famous predecessor, the Dollar Symphony.

Originally in four movements, the work was received dismissively by the critics, and only acquired its final shape in 1969, when Atterberg decided to tear out the last movement from the original score (it became Vittorioso, see Vol. 4). In response to what he regarded as a critical insult, he also decided to baptise the work Sinfonia romantica, just to infuriate the modernistically inclined critics even further.

The composer himself referred to his Ninth and last Symphony as ‘evil’. Setting parts of the Old Icelandic poem Völuspá, it recounts indeed how evil came into the world and how it in the end will lead to total destruction. By this time he had become a very conservative composer, rejecting atonality and dodecaphony. Composed in 1955 and 1956, during a period of much administrative travel in Europe, it is one of his longest works, yet structured as a single movement in large-scale rondo form.

“Järvi and his Gothenburg forces produce exemplary performances, strong in interpretative outline…[and] vividly recorded” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“[Järvi] is well inside the composer’s language.” MusicWeb International, October 2016

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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6


Sibelius:

Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op. 104


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Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert

Neeme Järvi conducts Ibert


Ibert:

Ouverture de fete

Escales

Bacchanale

Divertissement

Hommage a Mozart

Feerique

Sarabande pour Dulcinée

Paris, Suite Symphonique pour orchestre


Neeme Järvi and the OSR continue their exploration of French orchestral music with this fourth album: a merry collection from the best of the vigorously ebullient music of Jacques Ibert. Among the numerous winners of the famous Prix de Rome between its institution by Napoleon in 1803 and its abandonment in 1968, the twentieth century provides us with repertoire works from only one composer: Jacques Ibert, whose characteristically clear orchestration is emphasised by strong melodic lines and supported by lively ostinato patterns in the bass. At the same time, the album reveals what an eclectic composer Ibert was. The contrast between his two best-known pieces is a perfect example: Divertissement, for small orchestra, is light-hearted, even frivolous; Escales..., on the other hand, is a ripely romantic work for large orchestra. Like the previous recordings in this series, the unique acoustic of Geneva’s Victoria Hall is perfectly captured in surround sound on this SACD.

“Ibert emerges from it all as a fine composer, whose unity lies in his almost impudent diversity, and who is often far from frivolous as some have maintained. And the disc allows Järvi to show off his Swiss orchestra to perfection. Very fine.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“This disc reveals much of interest to explore beyond the familiar items. Feérique sparkles, and the symphonic suite Paris finds Ibert at his most inventive, mixing jazzy playfulness with suave exoticisms…the highlight, though, is Escales, which finds Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on top form and benefiting from recorded sound that is wonderful on CD and outstanding on SACD.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

“An attractive introduction to Ibert’s exquisitely crafted orchestral music” MusicWeb International, 9th June 2016

“Neeme Järvi conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in sumptuous performances” Financial Times, 22nd July 2016

“Generously-filled, splendidly played and magnificently recorded” classicalsource.com, December 2016

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Neeme Järvi conducts Martinů

Neeme Järvi conducts Martinů


Martinu:

Špalíček: Suite No. 1

Špalíček: Suite No. 2

Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Mikhail Zemtsov (viola)


This album with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director, Neeme Järvi, features two mature works by Martinů, recorded in the splendid acoustic of the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn.

One of the most wide-ranging composers of music for the stage, Martinů was also enthusiastic about the theatrical possibilities of including new media in his operas. Špalíček

in many ways belongs to this experimental tendency. Although it was published and billed at its first performance as a ballet, it might best be described as an opera-ballet, as alongside the many dances there are extensive roles for chorus as well as tenor, soprano, and bass soloists. Martinů described the work on his manuscript as deriving from folk games, customs, and fairytales.

The lyrical Rhapsody-Concerto was written in 1952, at a time when Martinů was fighting homesickness and depression, worsened by the political situation in his native Czechoslovakia. The work is a marked move toward a more romantic sound world. The soloist here is Mikhail Zemtsov, principal violist of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague since 2001 and a prize winner at the first International Viola Competition (Vienna) and the Elisa Meyer String Competition (Hamburg).

The exploration by Järvi and the ENSO of hidden gems from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries has proved highly successful, their recent recording of works by Suchoň (CHAN10849) awarded the Choc de Classica.

“The Estonian strings sing their hearts out…the woodwind solos are very lovely, too. Viola-player Mikhail Zemtsov impresses with the sheer beauty of tone” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

“Järvi conducts with bags of panache and charm…Zemtsov plays with dark, moody lyricism throughout. The orchestra strings sound very plush…an affecting performance” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Martinů is always entertaining and delightful and this is a useful coupling” MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2016

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Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

and other works


Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Truls Mørk (cello)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 119

Truls Mørk (cello)

Le carnaval des animaux

Louis Lortie (piano), Hélène Mercier (piano) & Alasdair Malloy (glass harmonica)

Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89

Louis Lortie (piano)

Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings, Op. 76

Louis Lortie (piano)


The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Neeme Järvi present this unusual collection of popular works by Saint-Saëns, for orchestra and piano or cello.

Truls Mørk, this season Artist in Residence with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, is the soloist in the two contrasted cello concertos. His ‘seemingly flawless technical command’ is tested in the suave, expressive, famous No. 1 as well as in the many taxing solo passages, huge leaps, and double-stopping flourishes of No. 2.

The indefatigable duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier join in the posthumously published Carnival of the Animals, after a highly successful recording of Concertos by Poulenc with Edward Gardner, Disc of the Week in The Sunday Times. They offer the original version, which features a glass harmonica (normally substituted by a glockenspiel). Louis Lortie is also the soloist in the entertaining fantasia Africa, which incorporates folk tunes of the different countries in which it was composed and which is brought off with consummate zest, as well as in the most characteristic and probably challenging of the composer’s keyboard pieces, the Caprice-Valse Wedding-cake, written for the second wedding of the composer’s virtuosic pianist friend Caroline Montigny-Rémaury.

“This is one of those recordings where it seems invidious to look for faults and which just encourages you to sit back, relax, listen and wallow. Mørk brings his characteristic incisiveness and mountain-spring tone to the concertos...The Grande fantaisie zoologique receives one of its most successful performances on disc (sans narrator) with just the right balance of instrumental virtuosity, sensitive musicianship and, where the opportunity presents itself, fun.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“[Mørk's] noble command is ideal in the darkly blazing, virtuosic second concerto. One of our great lyric instrumentalists, he gives a deeply-felt, but never over-dramatised performance, a piercing tenderness underlying what can sound sentimental in the hands of a lesser artist. Bergen's beautifully-tuned winds create subtle intimacy in the idyllic Andante” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

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