Sunday, February 28

Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

CDs of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies are legion, but interpretations of this ilk are very rare. Tchaikovsky in Switzerland? Yes, and it’s hot. Paavo Järvi took charge of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra at the start of the 2019-2020 season and is embarking on an integral of the symphonies of the great Russian composer. He does this by making one of the greatest recordings of his career. It is certainly not a 5e of Tchaikovsky like the others, but a flow of musical lava carried by a frenzied engagement. We must listen with what intensity are translated the indications ” marked “,” Widely “or” fierce “to understand that beyond the notes Järvi and his orchestra embody the destiny of a Tchaikovsky (the delicacy of the violins on the phrases” with nobility “) rolled by fatality. The 2e movement is at the heart of Tchaikovskian torments, and Paavo Järvi sculpts it with freedom and attention to detail. The Estonian chef organizes in Francesca from Rimini a relentless musical steamroller saturated with color.


★★★★ 1/2


Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Alpha 659

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