Saturday, March 22, 2008

Paavo and DKAM on BMG

March 19th, 2008

Paavo Järvi And The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The critics agree: Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s new Beethoven cycle is an essential edition to the catalog. Reviewers from around the world have judged these performances revelatory, with many honoring the first release (Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and as the Best of the Year. The second recording in the Hybrid Super Audio CD series – now in stores – pairs enthralling performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7. As Alex Ross wrote in his widely-read blog, “…Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, whose all-Beethoven concert at Mostly Mozart was an undisputed knockout, have launched a Beethoven cycle for RCA. The first disc, pairing the Third and the Eighth, preserves most of the virtues of the live experience: precise attacks, danceable rhythms, vivid phrasing, a grainy, gutsy sound quality from the musicians, no-nonsense tempos from Järvi… it’s earthy, propulsive music making, Beethoven as pure physical specimen… Missing, of course, is the joy of witnessing performances such as this in a responsive hall and with a responsive crowd.
The esteemed orchestra and its Grammy-award winning conductor will complete their Beethoven symphonic cycle in 2009. They recently travelled to Japan to perform all nine symphonies; Yomiuri hailed the concert as "reviving the original excitement in Beethoven's music".

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