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Posted by dieter barkhoff on June 18, 2019, 12:58 am
Fascinating reading, the two reviews of the Oramo Chandos Sibelius Lemminkainen Suites et el. They both refer to the Jarvi recording, Brian Wilson loves it, Dan Morgan finds it as dull as. I read Dan Morgan's review first and initially wanted to comment that I have found most of Jarvi's recordings fall into the 'inexplicably dull' category and I would like to relate, as an example, an experience I had with a Jarvi Dvorak recording in the early 90's. I worked as a taxi driver in Melbourne and everywhere I drove my radio was tuned to either ABC FM or 3 MBS. One particular evening I turned on the radio and the Dvorak 8th was playing. My passenger was interested in listening and at a certain point I announced this was the Dvorak 8th Symphony, I couldn't tell who the conductor was but I said I was certain it was a British orchestra. My passenger questioned how I knew this. I replied it was to do with a certain homogeneity, a certain bland conformity. I said for the most part British orchestras all sound the same to me...As is my want(on)I was right to a certain point, in that it was a 'Great Britain' orchestra, from up Norf way, where they regard the southerners as Sassenachs...
My point is the blandness of the playing derived, I believe, from the conductor, a certain Neemi Jarvi, who I believe has always had a secret drive to become the first person to make more recordings than Herbert von Karajan. Oh, that just one or two of them displayed anything other than mere manic competence.
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