Lynn René Bayley
, July 2012
Cellist Eric Picard plays his solo with great sensitivity and feeling in the famed Elegy, here in the arrangement with orchestra. The chorus is simply outstanding in this work, and the unaccredited chorus soprano and tenor who sing brief solos are outstanding.
…the Cantique de Jean Racine is a real jewel, both as a composition and as a performance. Here, the music doesn’t seem so much to develop as simply move forward, ebbing, flowing, and changing as it goes along…the performance follows the flow of the music with measured grace and a long-lined legato that seems to breathe the work out from first note to last.
Then comes the famed Requiem…this version has a quiet serenity about it that impresses me very much. Personally, I’d give at least 50 percent of the credit for the excellence of this performance to chorus master Stephen Betteridge and the two soloists, who respond to Faure’s musical instructions with superb musical fluidity and depth of feeling. I say this because it is far better than any of the performances I’ve heard Järvi give with the Cincinnati Symphony on broadcasts or recordings. Goerne and Reiss are excellent in their solos, the latter able to float her tones while still sounding crystalline, and the whole has the aura of a special occasion about it.
This is unquestionably one of the finest things, if not the finest, that I’ve ever heard Paavo Järvi do… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review