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MAHLER: Symphony No. 3
with Hogni Wu

“So, did Paavo Järvi and the Philharmonia let the monsters loose? They did. The introduction was thrillingly eruptive, with braying brass, seismically uprushing basses and ear-splitting drums. It was as stupendous and astonishing as it must have been for Mahler’s first audiences … I have never heard a performance of this dizzyingly multifarious symphony that was so clearly and consistently the outworking of a single vision, generated and sustained by a single impulse.”
Seen and Heard International, Chris Kettle, 18 March 2023

“… masterful conducting, effortless in every gear change … The echo-aftermath of the horns’ big summons at the start was especially startling … “
The Arts Desk, David Nice 17 March 2023


MESSIAEN: Les Offrandes oubliées
HOSOKAWA: Violin Concerto (world première)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’
with Daishin Kashimoto

“From the moment Paavo Järvi raises his arms, there is something hanging in the room that can only be described with the word magic. It is inexplicable why some conductors can conjure up such a fantastic sound from an orchestra like the Berlin Philharmonic and others cannot. Järvi doesn’t actually do much, his gestures are modest, minimalist, he’s not a desk pig. But maybe that’s exactly his secret: Precisely because he is so deeply rooted in his own self, he can let go of the reins and encourage others to work true miracles.”
Der Tagesspiegel, Udo Tadelt, 3 March 2023

“ … the celebrated Beethoven conductor showed how structural awareness and music-making characterised by elemental power can be optimally combined in the “Eroica”. The pale pianissimo in the Funeral March was just as inspiring as the wide-ranging crescendos in the opening movement or the tingling motoricism in the Scherzo. Deservedly, there was frenetic applause in the sold-out Philharmonie afterwards.”
Berliner Morgenpost, Mario-Felix Vogt, 3 March 2023


BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5
with Lisa Batiashvili

“ … a twirling, epic, brilliantly contrasting interpretation (of Prokofiev Symphony No. 5), with a bewitching rhythm of diabolical precision under the compelling direction of Paavo Järvi … An evening to mark with a white stone.”
Bruno Serrou blogspot, 23 February 2023

“Järvi had the Concertgebouw Orchestra play slenderly in sound and instrumentation … and the overwhelming dramaturgy of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 was heard in opulent form.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Axel Zibulski, 22 February 2023

“Paavo Järvi is one of those conductors who want one thing above all: the ideal sound. He demonstrated this at the Musikverein with his Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, of which he will be chief conductor until 2029, and also during his guest performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Konzerthaus.”
Kurier, Susanne Zobl, 21 February 2023

“Paavo Järvi presents a contemporary image of Prokofiev: enough bite and traction, sharpness and elegance to hold the attention and excitement without a second of breathing space.”
Kronenzeitung, 21 February 2023

“Prokofiev’s Fifth is one of those works where, given the right level of brilliance, success is all but certain. It’s all the better that Järvi and the Concertgebouworkest didn’t content themselves with that during their acclaimed guest performance. Precision goes without saying when visiting from Amsterdam, but it is not an end in itself. This reading sounds pithy, full and at the peaks of the wide range of dynamics also excessive.”
Die Presse, Walter Weidringer, 21 February 2023


BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy
BRAHMS (arr. for orchestra by SCHOENBERG): Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Antoine Tamestit, viola

“For his second visit to Paris with the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, Paavo Järvi chose a programme never heard beforein Paris … Conductor and orchestra gave the most beautiful performance that one can remember in concert.”
Diapason, Rémy Louis, 3 February 2023

“Under Paavo Järvi’s wide-ranging and generous leadership, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich offered a dense, vibrant, fiery performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Fifth Symphony”, making full use of Arnold Schönberg’s masterful orchestration, which is at once fluid, energetic, poetic and sensitive. The Estonian conductor and his Swiss orchestra, bringing together one hundred musicians of twenty different nationalities, seized the vitality and fantasy of the original quartet, right up to the invigorating finale alla zingarese, in which the Zurich orchestra shone brightly … “
Brunoserrou.blogspot, 3 February 2023

“Paavo Järvi conducted with a masterly hand, striving for a wonderful balance between the finest, silvery orchestral sound and fulminant outbursts in both Berlioz and Brahms/Schönberg. What Järvi has shown again and again with the Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in many concerts and recordings now seems to continue with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, of which he has been principal conductor for four seasons, with exciting, extremely dynamic interpretations, sonorous and very colourful music-making and a very clear, audible architecture.
Pizzicato, Alain Steffen, 1 February 2023

“When a conductor who is always on the lookout for the ideal sound meets an orchestra that follows him with devotion in every phase and a virtuoso who takes us to other worlds with the truthfulness of his playing, extraordinary things can happen. This is what happened when Paavo Järvi and “his” Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich guested with violist Antoine Tamestit at the Musikverein in Vienna … No wonder no orchestra will let a conductor like him go.”
★★★★★ Kurier, Susanne Zobl, 31 January 2023

November 2022

Bruckner. Symphonies No. 3, 6 & 8

”Järvi’s Bruckner performances have their very own character. Nothing escapes him in breadth, the long increases are prepared consistently and stringently, he avoids any excessive exaggeration in dynamics and sound balance. There is an organic flow of structure, a subtle gradation of the layers of sound and a sure feeling for this unique magic that only Bruckner is able to create … When listening, you breathe with the musicians and the conductor, who doesn’t need that much gesture and movement to achieve the desired results.”
Hamburger Abendblatt, Helmut Peters, 12 November 2022

”As the first movement (Bruckner Symphony No.6) builds to a climax, Paavo Järvi spreads his arms as if to embrace his entire orchestra. Horns, trumpets, trombones and tuba ignite a majestic and at the same time always warm and round sound …”

”… With his top orchestra, he exploits a wide range, from radiant fortissimo to very quiet and intimate moments. Especially in the wonderful Adagio (Symphony no. 8), in which Bruckner indulges himself in unusually voluptuous tones.”
NDR radio, Marcus Stäbler, 12 November 2022

”With any Bruckner symphony the key watchword is never to hurry. Järvi understands this so well. He controlled the ebb and flow of the melodic lines, whilst making full use of the many Luftpausen, allowing his musicians to do all the talking as he guided and shaped the musical argument without any need for fussy micro-management … Sometimes at the end of a performance you are left thinking, “Yes, this is exactly the way the music should go.”, Alexander Hall, 11 November 2022

November 2022

Bruckner Symphony No. 6

“Järvi remains true to his approach … the music does not rest in itself like architecture made sound, nor is there any trace of religious consecration; rather, everything pushes forward powerfully, and so it is precisely here, in the ceaselessly pulsating rhythms of the Sixth, that a gripping dynamic develops. This is as distinguished as it is contentious, for this style stands in contrast to the still predominant Bruckner tradition from the 19th and 20th centuries, in which his symphonies are often exaggerated into monumental cathedrals of sound. Järvi avoids the weight of meaning; instead, he focuses on vividly developed details and, not least through his flowing tempi, achieves a rarely heard clarity of form.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Christian Wildhagen, 29 October 2022