Paavo Järvi’s family festival in Estonia is now entering its second decade. Alongside the annual Järvi Academy Conducting Masterclasses, the festival features the internationally acclaimed Estonian Festival Orchestra in three concerts with guest soloists Joshua Bell and Emmanuel Pahud. Estonian home-grown talent includes violinist Triin Ruubel and pianist Mihkel Poll and this year’s Estonian composer focus will be dedicated to, Artur Lemba (1885–1963), Edouard Tubin (1905–1982) and Ülo Krigul (b. 1978).
“The weeklong music festival run by Paavo Järvi in the idyllic seaside town of Pärnu is a symbol of its country’s highest cultural ties with the best of the rest of Europe.”
Last week Paavo Järvi had the honour of conducting the Czech Philharmonic in the inaugral concert of the 71st International Prague Spring Festival and tonight he returns to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall to continue his ongoing Nielsen Symphony Cycle with the Philharmonia in London.
Tonight’s programme, which features both the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto and Symphony No.3, follows the recent CD release of the complete Nielsen Symphony Cycle which Paavo recorded with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. Receiving international critical acclaim, RBB Radio (Germany) commented on the cycle: “With his Estonian musical family roots he has sucked the sound and thought world of the Baltic Seas as if, so to speak, it is his mother’s milk”, Pizzicato (Luxembourg) wrote “The refined and transparent orchestral playing make these vivid and colourful performances truly gripping” and Quobuz (France) concluded “Paavo Järvi captures all the malicious nature of the work of the Danes, and gives a performance which is both incredible and full of musical relevance, constantly exciting.”