Monday, March 08, 2010

Mad About Music: Paavo Järvi

Airs on the first Sunday of every month at 9pm on 105.9 FM WQKR, The Classical Music Station of NYC

Paavo Järvi

Sunday, March 10, 2010

Paavo Järvi serves as music director of no fewer than four orchestras – the Cincinnati Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and later this year L’Orchestre de Paris. Along with acclaimed concerts, he has won many awards for his recordings -- not bad for someone who started out as a drummer in a rock band.

In a wide-ranging conversation with host Gilbert Kaplan, Järvi explains:

- Why he admires conductor Carlos Kleiber and Wilhelm Furtwängler
- Why Haydn is his favorite composer
- Why a music director in America has to spend more time on fundraising than on music
- Why some of Richard Strauss’s major works, Alpine Symphony and Heldenleben, “are empty” and “lack substance”.
- Why in his fantasy, he would be a composer

His music selections include works by Beethoven, Verdi, Haydn, Bach and Tüür.

Click here to read a transcript of the interview.

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