Neeme Järvi

Composers

Biography

Born: June 7, 1937   Country: Estonia  
Neeme Järvi is one of the busiest stars on the international conducting scene. Brought up within the USSR's system for developing musical talent, Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn Music School. He made his debut as a conductor at age 18. From 1955 to 1960 he pursued further studies at the Leningrad Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Nikolaï Rabinovich and Yevgeny Mravinsky.

From the early '60s, Järvi
Read more took a leading role in the musical life of his homeland. In 1963 he assumed the directorship of the Estonian Radio & Television Orchestra, his first important post. He also founded the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and for 13 years was the chief Conductor of Opera House Estonia in Tallinn. From 1976 to 1980 he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, then in its infancy. By the late 1970s his fame had spread throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and he received favorable notices for his appearances in the West. He made history by leading the first performances of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess ever given in the USSR.,

While with the ESSO Järvi developed a particular interest in unearthing and performing neglected repertory by both little-known and important composers. He was a particular champion of the Estonian composers Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt. In 1979 he premiered Pärt's Credo, a work that represents a turning point in that composer's stylistic evolution. Järvi, recognizing the importance of Credo (which incorporates biblical texts), presented it without first navigating through the usual channels of the Communist Party or the Composers' Union. The resulting controversy and official disfavor induced Järvi to emigrate. He was permitted to leave Estonia in 1980; within a month of his departure, he made his debut performances with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He quickly received important appointments: principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England (1981-1983), music director of the Royal Scottish Orchestra (1984-1988), music director of the Gothenburg (Sweden) Symphony Orchestra (from 1982), and principal guest conductor of the Japan Philharmonic.

In 1990 he assumed the post of music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. With that ensemble he has made 30 of some 100 recordings on the Chandos label. Järvi has also recorded for Bis, Deutsche Gramophon, and Orfeo; his various recording projects include cycles of orchestral music by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tubin, Brahms, Schumann, Shostakovich, and others. Järvi's children have made their mark on the musical world as well: son Paavo is gaining an international reputation as a conductor and holds posts as principal guest conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan is the founder and conductor of the Absolut Ensemble of New York City; and daughter Maarika is principal flutist with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid. Järvi announced his decision to step down from his Detroit post in 2005. He has also served as principal conductor of the New Jersey Symphony. Read less

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Born: June 7, 1937   Country: Estonia  
Neeme Järvi is one of the busiest stars on the international conducting scene. Brought up within the USSR's system for developing musical talent, Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn Music School. He made his debut as a conductor at age 18. From 1955 to 1960 he pursued further studies at the Leningrad Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Nikolaï Rabinovich and Yevgeny Mravinsky.

From the early '60s, Järvi
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Castillane
II. Andalouse
III. Aragonaise
IV. Aubade
V. Catalane
VI. Madrilene
VII. Navarraise
Anime, alerte (Allegro) - En animant peu a peu - Tempo I -
Lent (Quasi cadenza) - Modere (Allegretto con spirito) -
Anime, Allegro - A Tempo I - Un peu retenu - A tempo I (Anime) - Tres anime
I. Marche
II. Air de ballet
III. Angelus
IV. Fete boheme
I. Liebesgluck: Allegro
II. Andante quasi larghetto
III. Trennung: Tempo di marcia
IV. Wiedervereinigung im Tode
I. Allegro con moto - Maestoso - Largamente
II. Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Presto - Adagio
III. Allegro con fuoco - Tranquillo - Adagio - Tempo I - Maestoso
I. Largo - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Molto vivo
IV. Con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto - Adagio ma non troppo - Tempo di marcia
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Lento e mesto
III. Finale: Moderato
I. Allegro malinconico
II. Cantilena: Assez lent
III. Presto giocoso
Allegro moderato -
Zug und Tanz der Frauen -
Erste Tanzfigur -
Zweite Tanzfigur -
Dritte Tanzfigur
Ziemlich langsam ? Allegretto ?
Allegro moderato ?
Ziemlich langsam ? Ziemlich lebhaft ? Molto allegro ?
Etwas ruhiger ? Schnell ?
Ziemlich lebhaft ? Zweite Tanzfigur ?
Etwas massiger ? Tempo I ?
Dritte Tanzfigur. Lebhaft, in erregtem, aber stets gemessenem Schreiten ?
Vierte Tanzfigur. Viel ruhiger, leicht schwebend ?
Etwas lebhafter ? Ruhig im Vortrag ?
Schneller ? Ziemlich lebhaft ? Allmahlich fliessender ?
Der Abend bricht herein - Allmahlich fliessender ? Doppelt so langsam ?
Schnell ?
Schnell und hastig ? Agitato ? Ziemlich lebhaft ? Molto agitato ?
Viel ruhiger, stets alla breve ? Allmahlich etwas bewegter ?
L'istesso tempo ? Schneller ? Noch schneller ? Molto agitato ?
Massig schnell ? Erste Tanzfigur ? Allmahlich bewegter ?
Massig bewegt ? Schnell ? Immer lebhafter ?
Sehr lebhaft ? Ausserst lebhaft ? Prestissimo ?
Allmahlich etwas ruhiger ? Ruhiger ?
Bewegt ? Noch lebhafter ? Etwas breit
I. Idylle
II. Danse villageoise
III. Sous-bois
IV. Scherzo-valse
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto scherzando
IV. Finale: Maestoso - Allegro assai con fuoco
I. Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
I. Prelude
II. Pantomim
III. Vision
I. Con forza - Tempo commodo -
II. Andante - Tranquillo -
III. Scherzo -
IV. Finale: Rondo
1. Ludus: Con moto
2. Silentium: Senza moto
1. Attacca
2. Più mosso Attacca
3. Alla breve
Introduction (Allegro vivo - Andantino)
Prologue The Christening: March (Moderato)
Prologue The Christening: Scene Dansante (Moderato con moto)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: I. Introduction
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: II. Adagio
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: III. Variation I, The Fairy of the Crystal Fountain (Allegro moderato)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: IV. Variation II, The Fairy of the Enchanted Garden (Allegro)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: V. Variation III, The Fairy of the Woodland Glades (Allegro moderato)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: VI. Variation IV, The Fairy of the Songbirds (Moderato)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: VII. Variation V, The Fairy of the Golden Vine (Allegro molto vivace)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: VIII. Variation VI: The Lilac Fairy (Tempo di valse)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: IX. Coda (Allegro giusto)
Prologue The Christening: Pas de six: Finale
Act I The Spell: Scene (Allegro vivo - Moderato)
Act I The Spell: Valse (Allegro: Tempo di valse)
Act I The Spell: Scene (Andante)
Act I The Spell: Pas d'action: I. Adagio a la rose (Andante - Adagio maestoso)
Act I The Spell: Pas d'action: II. Dance of the Maids of Honour and the Pages
Act I The Spell: Pas d'action: III. Variation d'Aurore
Act I The Spell: Pas d'action: IV. Coda (Allegro giusto)
Act I The Spell: Finale
Act II The Vision: Entr'acte et Scene (Allegro con spirito - Un poco piu tranquillo)
Act II The Vision: Colin-maillard (Allegro vivo)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Moderato): I. Scene
Act II The Vision: Scene (Moderato): II. Danse des Duchesses (Minuet) (Moderato con moto)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Moderato): III. Danse des Baronnes (Gavotte)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Moderato): IV. Danse des Comtesses (Allegro non troppo)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Moderato): V. Danse des Marquises (Allegro non troppo)
Act II The Vision: Farandole: I. Scene (Poco piu vivo) -
Act II The Vision: Farandole: I. Danse (Allegro non troppo)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Prince Florimund and the Lilac Fairy)
Act II The Vision: Pas d'action: Pas d'action (Aurore et Florimund (Andante cantabile)
Act II The Vision: Pas d'action: Variation d'Aurore (Allegro con moto)
Act II The Vision: Pas d'action: Coda (Presto)
Act II The Vision: Scene (Allegro agitato)
Act II The Vision: Panorama (Andantino: The Awakening)
Act II The Vision: Entr'acte
Act II The Vision: Entr'acte symphonique et Scene
Act II The Vision: Finale (The Awakening)
Act III The Wedding: Marche (Allegro non troppo)
Act III The Wedding: Polacca (Procession of Fairy-Tale Characters) (Allegro moderato e brillante)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: I. Pas de quatre (Allegro non tanto)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: II. Variation I, The Golden Fairy (Allegro: Tempo di valse)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: III. Variation II, The Silver Fairy (Allegro giusto)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: IV. Variation III, The Sapphire Fairy (Vivacissimo)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: V. Variation IV, The Diamond Fairy (Vivace)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre: VI. Coda (L'istesso tempo)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de caractere (Puss-in-Boots and the White Cat) (Allegro moderato)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre (Adagio): I. Pas de quatre
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre (Adagio): II. Variation I, Cinderella and Prince Charming (Allegro: Tempo di valse)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre (Adagio): III. Variation II, The Bluebird and Princess Florine (Andantino)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de quatre (Adagio): IV. Coda (Presto)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de caractere: I. Chaperon Rouge et le Loup (Allegro moderato)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de caractere: II. Cendrillon et le Prince Fortune (Allegro: Tempo di valse)
Act III The Wedding: Pas Berrichon: (a) Le Petit Poucet, ses freres et l'Ogre
Act III The Wedding: Pas Berrichon: (b) Coda
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux: Aurore et Desire
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux (Aurora and Florimund): II. Entree (Allegretto - Allegro moderato)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux (Aurora and Florimund): III. Adagio (Andante non troppo)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux (Aurora and Florimund): IV. Variation I, Florimund (Vivace - Prestissimo)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux (Aurora and Florimund): V. Variation II, Aurora (Andantino)
Act III The Wedding: Pas de deux (Aurora and Florimund): VI. Coda (Allegro vivace)
Act III: Sarabande
Act III: Finale
Act III: Apotheose
I. Allegro
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Intermezzo: Allegro giusto
IV. Finale: Andante - Allegro con fuoco
The Beatitudes
Nunc Dimittis (2001)
Stabat mater dolorosa
Quis est homo?
Eia, mater
Fac ut ardeat cor meum
Tui nati vulnerati
Fac me tecum flere
Virgo virginum praeclara
Fac ut portem Christi mortem
Inflammatus et accensus
Quando corpus morietur
Amen
I. Peik, the Princess and the Giant Troll
I. Troldmoernes Dans
II. The Princess Riding on the Bear
III. Entry of the Trolls into the Blue Mountain
IV. Dance of the Little Trolls
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio cantabile
I. Poco andante
II. Andante
III. Finale: Allegro impetuoso


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