11. Symphony Concert

Paavo Järvi Conductor
Gidon Kremer Violin

Arvo Pärt

  • »Swansong« for Orchestra

Mieczysław Weinberg

  • Violin Concerto in g minor, Opus 67

Jean Sibelius

  • »Lemminkäinen« Suite, Opus 22

Refuge and desire

The yearning for a non-denominational sense of security, a place of refuge, permeates Pärt’s »Swansong«. A transcendental longing also flows out of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto in G minor from 1959. Shostakovich was full of praise: »This is a fabulous work. And I choose my words carefully.« And the swan, which already plays a symbolic role in the title of Pärt’s work, appears once again in the »Lemminkäinen « Suite by Sibelius – as one part of a legend in which the hero shows a rampant desire for love.

Expected running time incl. intermission: 110 min.

    Paavo Järvi

    Paavo Järvi’s second season as Chief Conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra opened on a high when he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in celebration of the orchestra’s 90th Anniversary. They also performed Mahler to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Suntory Hall and embarked on a major European tour in spring 2017 with performances in Berlin, Luxembourg, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna and Cologne.

    As Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Järvi and the orchestra returned to Asia for performances across Taiwan and Japan in autumn 2016. Throughout the season they have continued their critically acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle with performances throughout Germany and Switzerland. The first recording of the Brahms cycle is released on Sony’s, RCA label in autumn 2017.

    In summer 2016, Paavo Järvi concluded his highly successful tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris and was simultaneously heralded by the French Critics’ Association as Musical Personality of the Year. Highlights of his six-year tenure included conducting the opening concerts of the new Paris Philhamonie which were recorded for iTunes and immediately became an international bestseller, the Sibelius Medal in recognition of his achievements in championing the Finnish composer’s music in France, and the release of his highly acclaimed recording of music by Dutilleux on the Erato label which received an Echo Klassik Award for contemporary recording.

    Guest engagements see the completion of Paavo Järvi’s extensive Nielsen Symphony Cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, return visits to the Wiener Symphoniker, Berlin Staatskapelle and performances with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and L’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. In spring 2017 Paavo Järvi also conducted »Don Giovanni«at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as well as orchestral concerts with the La Scala orchestra. 

    The 2016/2017 season concluded with a week of performances in mid-July at the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia. Founded in 2010 by Paavo Järvi, the festival offers both conducting master-classes and concerts. As a festival celebrating the orchestra at its heart, Järvi created a new ensemble which has become the uncontested highlight of the summer season; the Estonian Festival Orchestra brings together leading Estonian musicians with soloists from Europe’s top-ranking orchestras.

    Gidon Kremer

    Over a career already stretching back 35 years, Gidon Kremer has made a name as an outstanding violinist and a highly individual artist, one who always avoids well-trodden paths to seek out new musical worlds.

    He began to play the violin at the age of four and in 1965 became a pupil of David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory. He went on to win numerous awards including first prize at both the Tchaikovsky and Paganini International Competitions, and over the years has been showered with accolades, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Bundesverdienstkreuz and the UNESCO Prize.

    In addition to the classical canon, Gidon Kremer’s repertoire encompasses countless works of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has particularly championed the music of composers such as Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, Luigi Nono, Giya Kancheli and Aribert Reimann.

    In 1981 he set up the legendary Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and in 1997 founded Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra comprised exclusively of young, highly gifted musicians from the Baltic region, with whom he regularly appears at the world’s most prestigious concert venues.

    Gidon Kremer not only performs with the foremost orchestras and conductors, he has also produced many definitive recordings, the quality of which is confirmed by numerous prizes. Gidon Kremer plays a »Nicola Amati« from 1641.

    His most recent appearances with the Staatskapelle were in May 2011 in the Semperoper and on tour, as well as one year later at the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch.