Tuesday, October 24, 2006

CD REVIEW: Beethoven Symphonies 3 & 8, DKAM

Wow! High praise here:
Rheinische Post, 21 October 2006

CD Tip

Paavo Järvi Conducts Beethoven Symphonies

This is by far the most exciting Beethoven recording of the early 21st century.

When the CD arrived I could not have expected such a bold achievement, especially since the definitely outstanding Paavo Järvi (who is now Music Director of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) has not often appeared as a Beethoven interpreter thus far. Now he has, and it bowls me over! It has been a long time since a conductor has shown the 'Eroica' in such a finely detailed light, enthusiastically jubilant, meticulous and sensitive, thrilling and tenderly lingering. In The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen he has an ensemble that plays with so much joy in nuance, it is as though their lives depended on it.

And since the Eighth Symphony in F major also benefits from this unrestrained, filigreed impetus, we indeed have the by far most exciting Beethoven recording of the early 21st century in front of us.

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