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Neeme Järvi

Neeme Järvi was one of the busiest stars on the international conducting scene. Brought up within the USSR's system for developing musical talent, Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn Music School. He made his debut as a conductor at age 18. From 1955 to 1960 he pursued further studies at the Leningrad Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Nikolaï Rabinovich and Yevgeny Mravinsky.

From the early '60s, Järvi took a leading role in the musical life of his homeland. In 1963 he assumed the directorship of the Estonian Radio & Television Orchestra, his first important post. He also founded the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and for 13 years, was the chief conductor of Opera House Estonia in Tallinn. From 1976 to 1980 he was chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, then in its infancy. By the late 1970s his fame had spread throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and he received favorable notices for his appearances in the West. He made history by leading the first performances of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess ever given in the USSR.

While with the ESSO, Järvi developed a particular interest in unearthing and performing neglected repertory by both little-known and important composers. He was a particular champion of the Estonian composers Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt. In 1979 he premiered Pärt's Credo, a work that represents a turning point in that composer's stylistic evolution. Järvi, recognizing the importance of Credo (which incorporates biblical texts), presented it without first navigating through the usual channels of the Communist Party or the Composers' Union. The resulting controversy and official disfavor induced Järvi to emigrate. He was permitted to leave Estonia in 1980; within a month of his departure, he made his debut performances with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. He quickly received important appointments: principal guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England (1981-1983), music director of the Royal Scottish Orchestra (1984-1988), music director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Sweden, 1982-2004), and principal guest conductor of the Japan Philharmonic.

In 1990, he assumed the post of music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. With that ensemble, he made 30 of some 150 recordings on the Chandos label. Järvi has also recorded for BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, and Orfeo; his various recording projects include cycles of orchestral music by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Tubin, Brahms, Schumann, Shostakovich, and others. Järvi announced his decision to step down from his Detroit post in 2005. He has also served as principal conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, and accepted music director positions with the Resident Orchestra of the Hague and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande for 2012.

Järvi's children have made their mark on the musical world as well: son Paavo is gaining an international reputation as a conductor and holds posts with the Orchestre de Paris and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kristjan is the founder and conductor of the Absolut Ensemble of New York City, and daughter Maarika was principal flutist with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid.
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Track List: Jean Sibelius: Swanwhite Suite, Op. 54; Belshazzar's Feast Suite, Op. 51

Title: Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54

1. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: I. The Peacock

2. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: II. The Harp

3. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: III. The Maidens With Roses

4. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: IV. Listen! The Robin Sings

5. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: V. The Prince Alone

6. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: VI. Swanwhite And The Prince

7. Swanwhite, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 54: VII. Song Of Praise

Title: Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51

8. Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51: I. Oriental Procession

9. Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51: II. Solitude

10. Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51: III. Nocturne

11. Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51: IV. Khadra's Dance

Title: The Dryad (Dryaden), Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 45/1

12. The Dryad (Dryaden), Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 45/1: The Dryad, Op45 No.1

Title: Dance Intermezzo (Tanzi-intermezzo), For Orchestra, Op. 45/2

13. Dance Intermezzo (Tanzi-intermezzo), For Orchestra, Op. 45/2: Tanz-intermezzo

Title: Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo No. 3), For Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 53a

14. Pan & Echo (Dance Intermezzo No. 3), For Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 53a: Pan And Echo, Op53

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Track List: Rudolf Tobias: Des Jona Sendung

Disc 1
Title: Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio

1. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: I. Chor And Chor Mysticus: Diese Bose Und Ehebrecherische Art...

2. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: II. Jonah's Arioso; Sie Werden Mir Nicht Glauben...

3. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: III. Ten And Chor; So Spricht Der Herr...

4. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: IV. Ten And Chor: Wo Soll Ich Hingehn Vor Deinem Geist...

5. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: V. Ten (Shipmaster): Was Schlafst Du?...

6. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: VI. Chor: The Tempest: Hilf Uns, Wir Verderben...

7. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: VII. Bar, Ten And Chor: Nehmet Mich Und Werft Mich Ins Meer...

8. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: VIII. The Mariners Give Thanks Unto The Lord...

9. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: IX. Chor Mysticus: Gleichwie Jona War...

10. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: X. Intermezzo

11. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XI. Chors: Huter, Ist Die Nacht Schier Hi

12. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XII. Chor: Die Gute Des Herrn Ist Es...

13. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XIII. Jonah's Prayer: Ich Rief Zu Dem...

14. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XIV. Terzett: Denn Du Wirst Seine Seele...

15. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XV. The Escape Of Jonah: O, Dass Ich...

16. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: XVI. Fugue: Herzlich Lieb' Hab' Ich...

Disc 2

1. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Psalm Of Vengeance: Herr Gott, Des Die Rache, Die Rache...

2. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor Mysticus: Siehe, Der Herr Kommt...

3. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Sanctus: Heilig, Heilig, Heilig, Ist Der Herr Zabaoth!...

4. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Double Chor. Help, Lord!: Hilf, Herr! Die Heil'gen Haben...

5. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chorale: Ach, Gott Vom Himmel, Sieh' Darein!...

6. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor: Sie Werden Aus Saba Alle Kommen...

7. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Arietta: Gott Schaut Vom Himmel...

8. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Jonah's Aria: Deinen Willen, Gott, Tue Ich Gerne...

9. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor: Lasset Uns Essen Und Trinken

10. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Jonah's Arioso: Wehe, Wehe, Wehe Des Sund'gen Volks...

11. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor: Was Will Der Lotterbub' Sagen?...

12. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Jonah's Arioso: Dennoch Sollt Ihr Wissen...

13. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor: Dieser Redet Eitle Und Verdeckte Worte...

14. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Jonah's Arioso: Der Tag Des Herrn Ist Gross...

15. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Niniveh's Turn From Evil: Es Soll Weder Mensch Noch Tier...

16. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: The Repentance Of Niniveh. Kyrie. Chor: Herr, Erbarme Dich!...

17. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Intermezzo

18. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chor Mysticus: Denn Niemand Jammerte Deinen...

19. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Chorale: 'So Wahr Ich Lebe', Spricht Der...

20. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: The Ninevites: Die Leute Von Ninive Werden...

21. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Duett: Was Ist Der Mensch...

22. Des Jona Sendung (Jonah's Mission), Oratorio: Final Chor: Siehe Da, Eine Hutte Gottes Bei...

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Track List: Sergey Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite Op. 60 / Andante Op. 50 bis (Transcription for String Orchestra from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 50) / Autumn, Symphonic Sketch Op. 8 / Suite from "The Stone Flower", Op. 118 - Neeme Järvi

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