There is some obvious truth in your assertion that Jarvi was, and to some extent still is, obsessed with making as many cds as possible. His compulsion to record is clear. When he recorded his Prokofiev symphonic cycle with the SNO (as it was then) he would always get through the recording sessions with time to spare. The orchestra's librarian would then present its members with the score of one of the composer's shorter works. The orchestra would then sight-read the piece and the run-through would be recorded. The Chandos cds therefore include short works the orchestra is playing for the first time!
On the other hand Jarvi's recordings of his core repertoire of late romantic/national music by composers like Dvorak and, above all, Shostakovich have earned the acclaim of many distinguished critics and praise on this site. You may well find them "inexplicably dull" and you are fully entitled to that opinion. Others do not.
And, to his enormous credit, Jarvi has been willing to explore music outside the more familiar repertory. This has applied particularly to composers from Scandinavia and the Baltic states. His achievement in bringing the music of Eduard Tubin in from the cold merits very high praise.
One would not go to Jarvi for composers of the classical or early romantic eras but his recordings are still amongst those used for comparisons by many. No doubt he is now well past his best-his tempi have speeded-up far too much in recent years-but, at his best, his work is certainly not-in my judgment-routine or bland.
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