ORCHESTRE DE PARIS OPENING CONCERTS OF 2014 / 15 SEASON:
It is with a touch of sadness that we witnessed the opening season of the Orchestre de Paris, following the announcement in August by Paavo Järvi – via Facebook – that he would not be renewing his contract after the 2015-2016 season … Yes, you can have regrets in the future. But right now, live these outstanding musical experiences which have become customary with Paavo Järvi at the helm of the the Orchestre de Paris.
Rémy Louis, Diapason, 22 September 2014
… In the second half of this opening concert, Paavo Järvi dedicated the programme to French music. A selection of interesting works from our heritage – some of them too often neglected, such as the Symphony No. 3 in G minor Albert Roussel. Composed in 1929-1930, its dynamism makes it immediately attractive, especially as Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris, in complete homogeneity, bring the spontaneity of the Allegro vivo to life, sometimes not hesitating to spice up some irreverent traits along the way …
Masterly at the helm of the Orchestre de Paris, as implacable as the music he leads, Paavo Järvi lives the spirit of Ravel’s masterpiece (La Valse) more fascinatingly than ever. Perfectly demonic, and not hurrying in order to best fire up the composer’s pervasive morbidity, alerting to the imminent catastrophe and all the intoxication of the devastating sensuality, he propels us through this feverish Waltz and all its hallucinations.
Claude Helleu, Alta Musica, 10 September 2014