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Re: Sibelius N.Jarvi
Hi Colin. I rate British orchestras very highly. My comment was more to do with a certain homogeneity of sound worlds. For instance,the Dresden Orchestra has a different tone palette than the Vienna orchestras, than Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Leipzig bands. What came across as dull and routine in the Dvorak 8th when I heard it in the taxi with my passenger was more the performance. I guess when you have the Czech Philharmonic's unique sound world imprinted on your brain any Dvorak might sound alien. For example, I've always felt Kubelik's Dvorak cycle was recorded with the wrong orchestra - the Berlin Phil. It just doesn't sound 'Czech' to me.
I agree that one of Jarvi's strengths is his seriously wide span of interests and I commend him for that. I do note, however, that his Martinu Symphonies come across as blandly anonymous run throughs when compared to Neumann, Behlolavek, Turnovsky, Valek and Ancerl.
The anecdote about the Scottish Prokofiev sessions is telling in that regard. I've listened to these recordings and they simply come across as emotionally vapid, especially the 6th which ought to implode with yearning and sheer pain. No wonder record producers liked him, wow, we don't have to pay any extra for more rehearsals...
Anyway, agreeing to disagree can be fun and enlightening. I always hope to find out or understand something I've never twigged to before. Thanks for your reply.
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