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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 & Sinfonietta / Jarvi, Estonian Festival Orchestra


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 389  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Madis Metsamart
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Järvi family is a pillar of Estonian musical life. Paavo is now director of the Pärnu Festival, held in August each year, which brings together the finest Estonian musicians, joined by the cream of European orchestras: members of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris etc. Paavo Järvi (recently appointed music director of one of the world’s leading formations, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich) frequents all these instrumentalists regularly, and now works alongside them, ‘unpretentiously, in a warm, collegial manner’ for a series of highly convivial concerts on the shores of the Baltic: ‘magical and incredibly appealing’, says Die Welt. Paavo Järvi has now decided to Read more record with this outstanding orchestra. For this first release, he has chosen Shostakovich, a key figure of the twentieth century, for both the region and the Järvi family: Paavo used to meet him as a child when the composer came to visit his father Neeme! The programme consists of Symphony no.6 and the Sinfonietta op.110b, a rare arrangement of the String Quartet no.8 by Abram Stasevich for string orchestra and timpani. This first release in 2018 will also coincide with the centenary of the independence of the Estonian Republic and a tour that will take the orchestra to several major European cities. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 54 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Madis Metsamart (Timpani)
Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Estonian Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Notes: Arr. for Timpani and String Orchestra by A. Stasevich 

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