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

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115244425
  • Catalog Number: 24144
  • Sales rank: 251,823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carnival (Karneval), concert overture, B. 169 (Op. 92) - Antonin Dvorák & Neeme Jarvi (9:09)
  2. 2 Slavonic Dance No. 10 for orchestra in E minor B. 147/2 (Op. 72/2) - Antonin Dvorák & Neeme Jarvi (5:33)
  3. 3 Fatinitza, operetta: March - Franz von Suppe & Neeme Jarvi (2:29)
  4. 4 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in B minor, WoO 1/19 - Johannes Brahms & Antonin Dvorak (2:24)
  5. 5 Tanzwalzer, for orchestra, Op. 53, KiV 288: Finale - Ferruccio Busoni & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (4:08)
  6. 6 Minuetto - Giovanni Bolzoni & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (4:03)
  7. 7 Háry János, suite from the opera for orchestra: Intermezzo - Zoltán Kodály & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:08)
  8. 8 La valse, poème choréographique for piano or 2 pianos - Maurice Ravel & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (12:13)
  9. 9 Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 27 (TrV 170): 4. Morgen! - Richard Strauss & Neeme Jarvi (4:08)
  10. 10 Entry March of the Boyars (Bojarernes Indtogsmarsch), for orchestra - Johan Halvorsen & Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (4:30)
  11. 11 Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59) - Carl Maria von Weber & Neeme Jarvi (7:49)
  12. 12 Huldigungsmarsch, for military band in E flat major, WWV 97 - Joachim Raff & Richard Wagner (5:23)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Festive Overture, for orchestra in A major, Op. 96 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Neeme Jarvi (6:02)
  2. 2 Solitude - Duke Ellington & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (4:00)
  3. 3 The School for Scandal, overture for orchestra, Op. 5 - Samuel Barber & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (9:00)
  4. 4 Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11 - Samuel Barber & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (8:45)
  5. 5 Symphony No. 1 ("Afro-American"): 3. Animato - William Grant Still & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3:09)
  6. 6 Five Pieces for Strings: Finale. Cantando espressivo - Heino Eller & Neeme Jarvi (4:25)
  7. 7 The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118: Act 2. Scene 4. Waltz - Sergey Prokofiev & Neeme Jarvi (3:41)
  8. 8 Vocalise, transcription for orchestra, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Neeme Jarvi (6:52)
  9. 9 Ballet Suite No. 1, for orchestra (assembled by Atovmyan): Lyric Waltz - Dmitry Shostakovich & Neeme Jarvi (2:19)
  10. 10 Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16 - Vincent Youmans & Dmitry Shostakovich (3:30)
  11. 11 Rêverie, for orchestra in E major, Op. 24 - Alexander Scriabin & Neeme Jarvi (3:53)
  12. 12 Credo, for piano, chorus & orchestra - Arvo Pärt & Boris Berman (12:42)
  13. 13 The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 7. Second Song of Lei - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1:26)
  14. 14 The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 10. Melodrama - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (4:04)
  15. 15 The Snow Maiden, incidental music, Op. 12: 13. Jester's Dance - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Detroit Symphony Orchestra (4:25)
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Performance Credits
Neeme Jarvi Primary Artist
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