Wednesday, October 17, 2007

PAAVO WINS THE ANNUAL GERMAN RECORD CRITICS' PRIZE











Highest accolade for Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Beethoven CD wins the Annual German Record Critics’ Prize

The first SACD of Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Beethoven cycle, featuring symphonies No. 3 and No. 8, has won the Annual German Record Critics’ Prize.

The particular value of this award stems from the independence of the jury, made up of leading German music critics. The Annual German Record Critics’ Prize is considered the most renowned award for sound recordings in the German-speaking world.

In its explanatory statement, the jury writes:

“Out of the abundance of Beethoven symphony recordings, this SACD production clearly stands out as a prelude to a new complete works. For the way that the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen plays under its conductor Paavo Järvi sounds historically-accurate and modern in equal measure: thrilling, trim, vivacious. This recording is both original and rousing in its transparency and its luminous impact, in its chamber-musical sophistication and its balance of analysis and emotion. The stringency of the articulation, and the determination with which the musicians explore Beethoven’s contrasting worlds, force the listener to remain permanently attentive. The tempi, based on Beethoven's original metronome guidelines, also lend this production some additional authenticity
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