EFO AND PAAVO JÄRVI MAKE HISTORICAL PROMS DEBUT

PROMS

On 13 August – immediately following this year’s Pärnu Music Festival – Paavo Järvi and the Estonian Festival Orchestra will travel to London for its Proms debut. Not only will this performance be an important debut for the Estonian Festival Orchestra but it also marks the first occasion that an Estonian Orchestra has ever performed at the Proms and will be broadcast on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC TV. The programme features Pärt’s Symphony No.3, Grieg’s Piano Concerto with soloist Khatia Buniatishvili and Sibelius’ Symphony No.5. Together they will perform the same programme at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie on 15 August racking up another important debut for the orchestra as its international profile grows at an extraordinary pace.

For more info: BBC Proms | Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

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THE LURE OF THE NORTH

“What is so enchantingly charming and magical about this time forgotten place? The concentration of the musicians who gather around Paavo Järvi is the one thing. And the absolute absence of any pretention”
Die Welt

“The world-famous Järvi conducting dynasty, handpicked musicians, a modern concert hall and the historical buildings are Pärnu’s ingredients for the musical event in the so-called “summer capital of Estonia” … Musicians from all over Europe came to Pärnu to become part of a summer festival of the generations. […]

“MÖTEN, MINNEN, MUSIK”

Sweden’s Opus Magazine interviews Paavo Järvi about “Memories, a meeting place & music”  – three words that characterise Pärnu and the Estonian Festival Orchestra which makes its
debut at Stockholm’s Baltic Sea Festival on 24 August.
Read the full story in Swedish on line at opusmagasin.se
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“… The Sibelius symphony (no. 2) showed an orchestra with a nerve and willingness to play all the way … the energy and cohesion to create an uncontrollable and direct symphonic world that hit right in the diaphragm.”
Politiken, Henrik Friis, 24 August 2017

“The concert of the Turku Music Festival on Saturday night became a poignant tribute. Paavo Järvi, director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra, dedicated the concert to the memory of the victims (of the previous day’s attack). The performance began with a minute’s silence, after which he conducted Jean Sibelius’s Valse Triste … Meanwhile, the performance of the 18 year old Dmitry Shostakovich’s chamber symphony was both amazing and vivid. Paavo Järvi has always had the ability to clearly outline a dense orchestral texture, but now there is more warmth and flight.”

Turun musiikkijuhlat. Viron festivaaliorkesteri kapellimestarina Paavo Järvi ja solistina viulisti Lisa Batiashvili. – Sibelius, Nielsen, Tšaikovski, Kantšeli, Šostakovitš.
TURUN musiikkijuhlien päätöskonsertista lauantai-iltana tuli kaunis kunnianosoitus.
Viron festivaaliorkesterin johtaja Paavo Järvi oli päättänyt omistaa konsertin uhrien muistolle. Tilaisuus alkoi minuutin hiljaisuudella, jonka jälkeen hän johti ohjelman ulkopuolelta Jean Sibeliuksen Valse tristen.
Vesa Siren, Helsingen Sanomat, Finland
Full story in Finnish at hs.fi

Im verträumten estnischen Badestädtchen Pärnu leitet Paavo Järvi ein einzigartiges Festival – und hat mit dem Estnischen Festivalorchester einen Klangkörper von europäischem Rang ins Leben gerufen.
Die Presse

“What is so enchantingly charming and magical about this time forgotten place? The concentration of the musicians who gather around Paavo Järvi is the one thing. And the absolute absence of any pretention”
Die Welt

Sweden’s Opus Magazine interviews Paavo Järvi about “Memories, a meeting place & music”  – three words that characterise Pärnu and the Estonian Festival Orchestra which makes its
debut at Stockholm’s Baltic Sea Festival on 24 August.
Read the full story in Swedish on line at opusmagasin.se

“The musicians of the orchestra come from everywhere. Members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen sit shoulder to shoulder with Estonian newcomers and colleagues from France, Greece or the USA. Paavo Järvi’s goal (“over two or three years”) is to emulate an institution such as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Claudio Abbado elite-based ensemble, gathering the best of the best summer each summer. This may seem a bit of a high goal, but it is not far-fetched. Pärnu also has a special aura, scenic and relaxing like around Lake Lucerne. Its remote, northern location has an enormous charm. Last but not least, the orchestra will be going on its first European Tour in 2018 to make itself known more widely.” (April 2017)
www.zeit.de

One half consists of Estonian musicians, the other is made up from artists Paavo met during his successful conducting career, the festival’s orchestra is now ready to take flight and start touring Europe.“As little as we get some sleep here, and as much as we work here, somehow there is an enormous sense of accomplishment, and adrenaline, and good music-making; every summer I am richer by getting to know very close and personally some of the greatest musicians that are alive today,” said Järvi.
www.euronews.com

“This is highly concentrated music making, where all the details are worked out: the ping pong of accents between violins and horns, antiphons between the woodwind groups, targeted focus curves in the second violins. Nothing is sweeping, nothing sleepy and nothing washed away. As Iván Fischer did with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi has also chosen the best musicians from orchestras around the world with which he has worked … Järvi could go into open competition with Lucerne and Verbier. For this purpose he could have extended – even expanded – the festival time and programme in Pärnu with more courses and concerts. But he does not want this … “I need this week for high concentration in Pärnu. I have experienced so many festivals that have been seduced by their success to increase their growth. They continue to produce good music, but their character is lost.” (July 2016)
www.faz.net

“The world-famous Järvi conducting dynasty, handpicked musicians, a modern concert hall and the historical buildings are Pärnu’s ingredients for the musical event in the so-called “summer capital of Estonia” … Musicians from all over Europe came to Pärnu to become part of a summer festival of the generations. Many of them are Estonians who work abroad. Others have been infected by their enthusiasm. And the Estonian music scene is concentrated for two weeks in the small coastal town, where the Järvi family opens a window into an ideal music world”
Deutschlandfunk kultur

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