Kristjan Järvi conducts Tchaikovsky and Messiaen

20/10/2012

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kristjan Järvi

  • Carl Nielsen
    En Fantasirejse til Færøerne (An Imaginary Trip To The Faroe Islands) (00:10:45)

  • Olivier Messiaen
    L’Ascension (00:32:12)

  • Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 4 in F minor (00:47:04)

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    Kristjan Järvi in conversation with Philipp Bohnen (00:15:01)

 

Last season, Kristjan Järvi, son of conductor Neeme Järvi and brother of Paavo Järvi, made a guest appearance in the Berlin Philharmonie – as conductor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Now standing in for Myung-Whun Chung who has had to cancel due to personal reasons, Kristjan Järvi is back at the conductor’s desk, making his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The programme for this concert is a combination of Romantic and contemporary music: Carl Nielsen’s rhapsodic overture En Fantasirejse til Færøerneis a dream-like tribute to the Faroe Islands in which the composer employs folk melodies from the islands.

L’Ascension is among Olivier Messiaen’s early orchestral works. Written in 1932/1933, it still manifests an impressionist influence. Nonetheless, the work, which Messiaen later also arranged for organ, is already typical for the French composer with its religious topic and preference for a sensuous musical language.

If Messiaen draws his musical inspiration from the spiritual connection with the divine, for Peter Tchaikovsky the impetus behind his creative work was feelings of having no home and of uncertainty. No composition shows this more clearly than his Fourth Symphony, whose belligerent opening fanfare stands for the implacability of destiny. Man’s futile striving for happiness is the great theme which the Russian composer used as programmatic basis for his work.