Today's Classical Music Video

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paavo Jarvi in Japan

It was announced this week that Paavo Jarvi will become the new principal conductor of Japan's NHK Symphony Orchestra. The NHK has long been considered Japan's leading orchestra and this is a prestigious appointment. Jarvi recently stepped down from his post in Cincinnati but continues to head the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris. In this video he conducts the last movement from Schumann's Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish" with the NHK orchestra. While the players do not use period instruments the conductor has clearly encouraged them to give an historically informed performance. Tempi are brisk, vibrato is limited and horns, trumpets and timpani come through with rustic flair.

Paul E. Robinson

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