Neeme Järvi: Highlights from a remarkable 30-year recording career

Neeme Järvi: Highlights from a remarkable 30-year recording career

by Neeme Jarvi
     
 

Estonia's Neeme Järvi has been a prolific recording artist and a well-loved conductor in many countries, including the U.S. He has amassed a large body of recordings on several labels, so it's hard to capture the breadth of his legacy on a single compilation. Still, this one from Chandos is a strong consideration. It's a bit light on Järvi's championing of music from…  See more details below

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Estonia's Neeme Järvi has been a prolific recording artist and a well-loved conductor in many countries, including the U.S. He has amassed a large body of recordings on several labels, so it's hard to capture the breadth of his legacy on a single compilation. Still, this one from Chandos is a strong consideration. It's a bit light on Järvi's championing of music from his native Estonia, although it does include a sample of the attractive and otherwise obscure "Five Pieces" of Heino Eller. And there's a complete lack of probably Järvi's greatest specialty, the music of Jean Sibelius. Instead you get works by the moderately interesting Johan Halvorsen and Johann Severin Svendsen (not by Jacob Gade, another true Järvi specialty). You get distinct compensations for these lacunae, however. One is a good look at the later part of Järvi's American career, in Detroit, where he showed an admirable ability to immerse himself in a new situation in comparatively old age. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings of works by Barber, Duke Ellington, and William Grant Still (the latter two not composers you would immediately associate with Järvi, but hear the results) are all quite strong. Elsewhere there's a good selection of music from the late 19th century, which has always made up the bulk of Järvi's symphonic programs, performed by some of the many orchestras (the Scottish National Orchestra most often) with which this journeyman conductor has been associated. If you don't hear a few bars of music and say "That's Neeme Järvi" as you might with Solti or Szell, you nevertheless get a taste of one of the late 20th century's most durable and influential musical careers. The Chandos remastering is more than adequate considering both the temporal and the spatial variety of the recordings involved.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115244425
catalogNumber:
24144
Rank:
133758

Tracks

  1. Festive Overture, for orchestra in A major, Op. 96
  2. Solitude
  3. The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5
  4. Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
  5. Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American"): 3. Animato
  6. The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 13. Jester's Dance
  7. The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 10. Melodrama
  8. The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 7. Second Song of Lei
  9. Credo, for piano, chorus & orchestra
  10. Rêverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24
  11. Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16
  12. Ballet Suite No. 1, for orchestra (assembled by Atovmyan): Lyric Waltz
  13. Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14
  14. The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118: Act 2. Scene 4. Waltz
  15. Five Pieces for Strings: Finale. Cantando espressivo
  16. Fatinitza, operetta: March
  17. Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in B minor, WoO 1/19
  18. Tanzwalzer, for orchestra, Op. 53, KiV 288: Finale
  19. Minuetto
  20. Háry János, suite from the opera for orchestra: Intermezzo
  21. La valse, poème choréographique for orchestra
  22. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 27 (TrV 170): 4. Morgen!
  23. Entry March of the Boyars (Bojarernes Indtogsmarsch), for orchestra
  24. Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59)
  25. Huldigungsmarsch, for military band in E flat major, WWV 97
  26. Slavonic Dance No. 10 for orchestra in E minor B. 147/2 (Op. 72/2)
  27. Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92)

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