For the third year in a row, we can thank David in Cincinnati for assembling a Repertoire Report for Paavo Jarvi. We can only hope David will continue to be willing to help the project after Paavo’s music directorship ends.
103 works for Paavo, down very slightly from 104 last year, and up from 90 in 2008. Paavo’s schedule is awe-inspiringly busy, but he has always been one to let his orchestras live with repertoire through repeated performances and touring. This year, his Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie focused largely on 2 composers, Beethoven and Schumann. It makes perfect sense with his current recording of the Beethoven Symphonies doing so well to tour with them, and to also do all the major Schumann orchestral music (other than the Violin Concerto- shame, shame) in the Schumann year. I have a feeling we may see some Schumann CDs from Paavo next year. If you look at his website, you’ll see how many performances he does of relatively few works in a season- this list could easily be longer.
You’ll also see that his repertoire emphasis is very clearly differentiated for his different orchestras- lots of Beethoven and Schumann at the Kammerphilharmonie, Mahler, Wagner and Strauss in Frankfurt, and Dukas, Bizet and Saint-Saens, as well as much more Scandinavian and Russian repertoire in Paris.
Interestingly, Paavo did almost no Mahler this year- only the 2nd in Frankfurt. Not much, considering it is a Mahler year! His 2011 schedule is incomplete, but he’s already doing more Mahler (the 5th and 7th) than in all of 2010.
As in past years, I’m impressed- it’s a balance of repertoire I can really related to (although I still don’t get Arvo Part), and I like the way Paavo programs ambitious projects like complete Beethoven and Schumann cycles and gives his orchestras time to live with them. I appreciate the seriousness, the patience and the willingness to differentiate really great music from merely good music. It’s good to see him doing so much Hindemith- a composer I’m always trying to program with very little success.
Paavo Jarvi- 2010 Repertoire Report:
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