Paavo Järvi: a chip off the old block?

Posted on: March 2, 2009

In Friday’s (2/27) Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), Bradley Bambarger writes, “Like his father, conductor Paavo Jarvi has an obsessive love of music-making. The eldest son of esteemed New Jersey Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Jarvi, the 46-year-old Paavo is similarly driven, having cultivated deep relationships with multiple orchestras and a discography as extensive as any conductor of his generation. Paavo, who emigrated from Estonia with his family at age 17, is music director of the Cincinnati Symphony, Germany’s Frankfurt Radio Symphony and, as of fall 2010, the Orchestre de Paris. … Yet Paavo is his own man, and a modern one, as anyone who has experienced his conducting of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie-Bremen on record or, especially, in concert knows. He bolsters traditional values with the latest thinking on period style for Beethoven that is sinewy and visceral. … Järvi and the German chamber orchestra return with their Beethoven this weekend, playing the ‘Eroica’ along with the Symphony No. 8 and ‘Consecration of the House’ Overture at New Brunswick’s State Theatre on Sunday afternoon. As part of the inaugural festival for Lincoln Center’s wonderfully renovated Alice Tully Hall, they play two concerts there on Monday, the first performance repeating the ‘Eroica’ program and the second featuring Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7.” Bambarger interviews Järvi on his approach to Beethoven and traits inherited from his father.