Paavo Järvi in conversation with Raphael Haeger (15 min.)
Hardly any other conductor has mastered the Classical-Romantic orchestral repertoire as confidently and seamlessly as Paavo Järvi. He is known not least for his cyclical performances and recordings of the complete symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen. So it is no surprise that he is also very familiar with Sergei Prokofiev’s Sixth. In this interview, Philharmoniker percussionist Raphael Haeger, who played the work for the first time under Järvi’s baton in March 2021, talks to the conductor about the ambiguity in Prokofiev’s music, which faced hostility from the Stalinist cultural bureaucracy after his return to the Soviet Union. One of Prokofiev’s skills, according to Järvi, was to constantly surprise performers and audiences alike.