Thursday, December 29, 2005

"Peer Gynt" Makes Another Top 10 List!

If this isn't a nice little pre-birthday present! Lawrence Johnson, esteemed music critic of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel lists Paavo's Peer Gynt recording with the Estonian National Symphony in his Top 10 classical albums of 2005 (12/29/05):
8. Grieg: Peer Gynt incidental music. Paavo Järvi, conductor; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Virgin).
The Peer Gynt suites were once standard concert repertoire but have fallen out of favor due to over-familiarity. Paavo Järvi's disc of Grieg's complete incidental music to the Ibsen play makes this music register anew with each section vividly and atmospherically characterized. Järvi draws playing of enormous vitality and Northern flavor from his Estonian orchestra.

Mr. Johnson also gives Paavo an "Honorable Mention" in his column Top 10 Classical Music Performances in South Florida for his performance of Nielsen with the New World Symphony.

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