De SpeNovember 10, 2020
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Estonian flue music
Maarika Järvi, flööt
Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester
Kristjan Järvi, dirigent
Estonian flute music
A collection of Estonian flute concertos
|Flute Concerto No 1
|Flute Concerto No 2 (Concerto flauto)
Maarika Järvi was born in Tallinn. Until the family’s emigration to the USA in 1980 she studied flute at Tallinn Music School with Kaljo West and Samuel Saulus. Thereafter she continued her studies at the New England Conservatoire in Boston. She took her Master’s at the Carnegie Mellon University supervised by Julius Baker, working for a short period also assistant to the latter. She has attended master-classes of several renownes flautists, participated in numerous festivals and won prizes at international competitions in the USA and Canada.
During 1992–1998 Maarika Järvi worked as first flute in three Spanish orchestras, among them Spanish Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has performed as soloist with many famous orchestras of the world, West-Deutsche Rundfunk Orchestra, St Petersburg Maria Theatre Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – to name just a few. She holds regulas performances with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra et al. 2003 saw Maarika Järvi’s debute with Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo performing Peeter Vähi’s Chant of the Celestial Lake under direction by Neeme Järvi.
For years, she has had close collaboration with the Absolute Ensemble of New York, directed by her brother Kristjan and she has formed a flute-bassoon duo Martinika together with Martin Kuuskmann. She has participated in recordings with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles. In 2004 the first CD of Martinika was released, featuring music for this unusual staff. Maarika Järvi has performed or recorded all the most important Estonian concert-compositions for flute, several of those premiered by her. The following CDs with her participation are especially note-worthy: Musica Triste with flute concertos by Tubin, Sink, Jürisalu and Tamberg (Warner / Finlandia) and Celestials with two flute flute concertos dedicated to Maarika Järvi (CCn’C).
The Estonian-born conductor Kristjan Järvi has forged a special connection with audiences across the globe. Renowned as one of the best communicators on the international stage, he has been hailed by The New York Times as “a kinetic force on the podium, like Leonard Bernstein reborn”. In his capacity as chief conductor of both the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Vienna, with which he has toured the UK, Spain, Germany, Japan and the Baltic countries, and New York’s celebrated Absolute Ensemble, which he founded, he has become well known for his musical insight into repertoire ranging from the classical period to the 21st century. His flair for imaginative programming is reflected in his appointment as artistic adviser to the Kammerorchester Basel. In high demand among the top orchestras of the world, Kristjan Järvi maintains regular relationships with the London Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de France and Sydney Symphony. In addition, Kristjan Järvi is founding conductor and music director of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic.
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) traces its roots back to Dec 18th, 1926, to the first concert broadcast by Tallinn Radio. The ensemble’s ranks grew steadily, and by 1939 the Radio Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra included 39 performers. In 1939, one of Estonia’s most outstanding musical figures of the day, Olav Roots, accepted the role of orchestra director. With Roots as director, the orchestra continued to perform symphonies in Tallinn throughout the WW II period. In 1942 a sinfonietta was formed of those musicians mobilized to Yaroslavl. It was with this sinfonietta that the distinguished conductor Roman Matsov began his career. In autumn 1944, having returned to Tallinn, the sinfonietta united with the Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the post-war years, the orchestra was directed by Leo Tauts, Sergei Prohhorov and Roman Matsov, who was principal conductor from 1950−1963. By 1956 the orchestra had 90 members. Neeme Järvi joined the Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1960, where he continued as principal conductor from 1963−1979. Under Neeme Järvi’s direction, the orchestra’s repertoire expanded markedly, as did its activities. In 1975 the orchestra was renamed the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. One year later, the ERSO collaborated with Estonian TV and Estonian Radio to present the regular concert series “Studio Hour with the ERSO” featuring classics as well as new works by Estonian composers. From 1980−1990, Peeter Lilje was appointed principal conductor. From the season 2001/2002 the principal conductor and music director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is a renowned performer of St Petersburg’s new school of conductors, Nikolai Alexeev. For decades, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has been the sole professional symphony orchestra in Estonia. Today the orchestra has 100 musicians. The average season includes 60 concerts.
Press resonance: “Maarika Järvi, ERSO ja dirigent pillutavad kiireloomuliste osade tantsulisi teemasid lausa prokofjevliku peene huumoriga, Kapi aeglased osad on seevastu eesti muusika väljendusrikkaimate seas. /…/ Tunnustada tuleb helirežiid (Tanel Klesment), fotosid ja kujundust (Aline Kundig, Piret Mikk) ning saateteksti (Inna Kivi).” (Ene Pilliroog, Muusika, 4 / 2010, Estonia)