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.
Reviewer, Christoph Huss, also writing for Canada’s Le Devoir, wrote “CDs of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies are legion, but interpretations of this kind are very rare. Tchaikovsky in Switzerland? Yes, and its hot … It is certainly not a Tchaikovsky 5th like the others, but a flood of musical lava carried by a passionate commitment.“
The Tchaikovsky cycle was released in its entirety by Alpha Classics this Autumn and was the first major project for Paavo Järvi as the incoming Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Despite the pandemic, which shifted the attention from live to studio recordings, the project was completed and released as a box set this autumn to coincide with the orchestra’s return “home” to the historic Tonhalle concert hall in central Zürich. Next release – something totally different!