Friday, December 09, 2005

Järvi saluted, but not CSO

From Mary Ellyn Hutton's article in today's Cincinnati Post:
Next year the Cincinnati Symphony?

That's the question in the wake of the 48th Grammy nominations, announced Thursday.

CSO music director Paavo Järvi, who won a 2004 Grammy for Sibelius Cantatas with the Estonian National Orchestra and choirs of Estonia (Best Choral Performance, Virgin Classics), received his second Grammy nomination on the new lists. But once again, the recognition comes with another ensemble and another label (the CSO has a recording contract with Telarc).

Järvi was nominated for his Virgin Classics release with Norwegian cellist Truls Mork and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France of the Schumann Cello Concerto and Swiss composer Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Kol Nidrei (Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra).

Mork, who opened the CSO season with Järvi in 2003, is himself a prior Grammy-winner, having won for Best Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra) in 2002 for Cello Suites by Benjamin Britten.

Both the CSO and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra had strong Grammy contenders this year.

For Järvi and the CSO, they included Dvorak's New World Symphony and the Symphony No. 2 by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, a non-traditional pairing like their highly praised Sibelius/Tubin and Stravinsky/Nielsen releases for Telarc, and a lush traversal of music by Debussy, including Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Nocturnes and La Mer.

...Järvi's eight CSO CDs have received consistently laudatory reviews, many of them raves, and have been spotlighted in many publications, including Gramophone, where the Dvorak/Martinu disc was selected as a Record of the Month in October. His all-Ravel CSO disc received France's Diapason d'Or record award in 2004 and was also selected as a record of the month by Gramophone.

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