• Dmitri Shostakovich

    SYMPHONY NO. 6 & SINFONIETTA

    Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

    SYMPHONY NO. 6 & SINFONIETTA 1 cd Alpha 389
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The Järvi family is a pillar of Estonian musical life. Paavo is now director of the Pärnu Festival, held in August each year, which brings together the finest Estonian musicians, joined by the cream of European orchestras: members of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris etc. Paavo Järvi (recently appointed music director of one of the world’s leading formations, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich) frequents all these instrumentalists regularly, and now works alongside them, ‘unpretentiously, in a warm, collegial manner’ for a series of highly convivial concerts on the shores of the Baltic: ‘magical and incredibly appealing’, says Die Welt. Paavo Järvi has now decided to record with this outstanding orchestra. For this first release, he has chosen Shostakovich, a key figure of the twentieth century, for both the region and the Järvi family: Paavo used to meet him as a child when the composer came to visit his father Neeme! The programme consists of Symphony No.6 and the Sinfonietta Op.110b, a rare arrangement of the String Quartet no.8 by Abram Stasevich for string orchestra and timpani. This first release in 2018 will also coincide with the centenary of the independence of the Estonian Republic and a tour that will take the orchestra to several major European cities.

Presto Classical Recording of the week award

"“this must be one of the finer Sixths of the digital era…the finale whirls us to its end with articulate ferocity at a tempo almost faster than the players can manage [...] Alpha’s beautifully designed physical product includes photographic corroboration of his encounter with the Järvis in 1973"
Gramophone Magazine
"...the first appearance of the timpani launches the ferocious Allegro molto like a starting-pistol, and the strings respond in kind with playing that’s raw and percussive."
Presto Classical
"The playing is deliciously fresh and alive."
The Scotsman
"An unmissable, well-engineered disc."
The Arts Desk
"These young players making their recording debut with founder and conductor PJ. You can sense the zeal and commitment to one another with the project. Not everything is immaculate but the immediacy and excitement of the playing more than compensates and the coupling is the Sinfonietta with the 8 string quartet- it’s a pretty exhilarating debut."
BBC Radio 3
"Even for purists, this is as powerful a performance of this work as you are likely to hear, and it crowns a stunning debut from this vibrant young orchestra, with recording and presentation to match."
Europadisc
"Paavo Jarvi comes much closer than other conductors to encapsulating the lightness of mood and texture which Shostakovich apparently desired in this work."
BBC Music Magazine
"A strong addition to the Shostakovich discography"
MusicWeb International