CD RELEASE: NIELSEN COMPLETE SYMPHONIES | FRANKFURT RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA / SONY JAPAN:
The great Paavo Järvi pilots his Frankfurt Radio Orchestra in promoting modernist aspects of the Danish master without altering the music’s essence
Jean Luc Caron, Resmusica.com
Paavo Järvi’s cycle … provides a fine document of the conductor’s six years as music director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; these superb recordings were made between 2009 and 2013, when Järvi’s tenure ended. … There’s a wonderful energy about all of the performances from Järvi and his orchestra, and the excellence of the solo wind playing is vividly captured.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian
Multiple details suddenly become perceptible, to the point of changing the perception of the rich and bountiful style coined by Nielsen himself. The direction of Paavo Järvi similarly stresses the inexhaustible inventiveness of the Nielsen’s orchestra, which then becomes a creator at the crossroads of the most diverse aesthetic. The most complex of the series, the 6th symphony is simply amazing. In reality, 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. A great success.
Paavo Järvi has just released a new recording with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and it has almost become an “historical” high point. 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. What especially distinguishes the recording: A quasi natural empathy with the erratic, sometimes almost childish naitivty, but always built on a masterful craft and understanding of Nielsen … .. Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra engage so enthusiastically and selectively in this universe, that you can trust their leadership.
Udo Badelt, Kulturradio RBB
Järvi represents the role of a sovereign trustee for the art of Carl Nielsen in this symphonic cosmos.
Between 2009 and 2013, The Estonian Chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, performed all six symphonies of the original modern Dane, Nielsen … And for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer RCA has released these terrific recordings in a box set.
The merit with Paavo Järvi is to be able to sit back as a listener and appreciate the natural spectacle of instrumental sounds, going between restful and contrapuntal rigour … Järvi’s approach and understanding of these works, written between 1891 to 1916, clearly allows the linear structures to emerge, nothing must remain on the surface … We experience a culinary luxurious sound
Dr. Ingobert Wahba, Der Neue Merkur