Paavo Järvi and The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen reunite this week for performances and recordings of their latest project – the Haydn ‘London Symphonies’. Following performances in Bremen (25 November), Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (30 November) and Vienna Konzertahus (3 and 4 December), they head for Japan for two performances in Tokyo (8 and 9 December) and then on to South Korea for concerts in Seoul (11 and 15 December), Yongin (12 December) and Gyeonggi (13 December). Sony Red Seal releases Volume 1 in Japan to coincide with the tour and the first international CD release will follow in Spring 2023.
”You never quite know what you’ll get on record next from Paavo Järvi” writes Andrew Mellor in Gramophone Magazine, “though there was the slightest clue some John Adams might be on the way given the composer was in residence at the conductor’s Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra for the duration of the 2021‑22 season. That makes this recording a little more than a homage from a distance. Adams was personally involved in its preparation and had recently conducted the orchestra in some of the works included.”
On 24 September, the European Culture Prize took place for the first time in Switzerland with a gala evening hosted by the Tonhalle. Receiving the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s Prize as one of eleven international cultural ambassadors, Paavo Järvi said “A symphony orchestra is a good example of how we could model our society: 32 nationalities are represented here, highly talented, professional and full of respect. It has never been more important for me as an Estonian to be a European than in these times.”
The Estonian Festival Orchestra is back on tour for the first time in three years, following the pandemic. The orchestra – hand-picked by Paavo Järvi and comprising the best talent from Estonia and across the globe – reunites for concerts in Tallinn (30 August) and Lahti (31 August) before travelling to Korea for performances in Seoul (3 September), Tongyeong (4 September) and Gyeonggi-do (5 September).
Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra’s third CD on Alpha Classics is released today. Estonian Premieres presents six compositions by five internationally renowned Estonian composers and the voyage through their unique worlds sheds light on just how rich and multi-faceted Estonian music is.
Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich launch the new season at the recently restored Tonhalle Zürich on 14 September with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. “Bruckner is a kind of essence for a symphony orchestra and is extremely demanding” says Paavo Järvi. “It is important to have a good architecture that really demonstrates the quality of the orchestra and the quality of the individual registers. In my opinion, that is why it is the perfect way to experience this orchestra – but also the new concert hall”.
As a sign of our solidarity, we shall be giving a fundraising concert in aid of the suffering people of war-ravaged Ukraine at the Tonhalle Zürich under the baton of our Music Director Paavo Järvi on Wednesday 23 March. The originally planned programme will remain unchanged. All performers will waive their fees. We shall be donating the proceeds of our ticket sales to the Glückskette. By doing so, we hope to make a small contribution towards alleviating the plight of the people of Ukraine.
Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich have been awarded a prestigious Diapason D’Or de l’année in France for the first recording in their complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies.
“Finding a recording of such relevance, accuracy, pre-meditation and exemplary orchestral performance has become very rare” wrote Diapason, of the November 2020.