MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder
ROTT: Symphony No. 1
with Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano

“An interpretation (of Hans Rott Symphony No. 2) from the top view, brilliantly played … Järvi, the confident craftsman, keeps the symphony running hot until the single (!) cymbal hit towards the end.”

“ … Järvi and the Philharmonic are filigree workers, shaping the five pieces (Mahler Kindertotenlieder) into a fine, transparent web … An interpretation between cleverly controlled lyricism and a lush stream of sound … That sounds more like resignation – and yet does not deny the (deceptive) beauty of these songs.”
Münchner Merker, Markus Thiel, 9 May 2024

Rott’s Symphony No. 2 “ … demands the impossible of the brass players: to play lyrically all the time. The Munich Philharmonic masters this in an astonishing way. Paavo Järvi seems to believe in the piece, though it lacks contrasts. And that is the decisive prerequisite for a performance of this piece.c The final cymbal crash may not be in the score, but it is consistent. An orchestra like the Munich Philharmonic, which has an equally great Mahler and Bruckner tradition, would do well to put this work up for discussion …”
Abendzeitung München, Robert Braunmüller, 10 May 2024