Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Choir & Neeme Järvi
& Daniel Lozakovich
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester) has become the most prominent Estonian orchestral ambassador abroad. It was created in 1926 as a small radio orchestra, but since then, it has increased its international scope, particularly in recent decades. Since 2010, its principal conductor and artistic director has been Neeme Järvi, who was the orchestra’s principal conductor also from 1963 until 1979. The artistic adviser of the orchestra is Paavo Järvi and the principal guest conductor is Olari Elts. The orchestra’s previous principal conductors were Olav Roots (1939–44), Paul Karp (1944–50), Roman Matsov (1950–63), Neeme Järvi (1963–79), Peeter Lilje (1980–90), Leo Krämer (1991–93), Arvo Volmer (1993–2001) and Nikolai Alexeev (2001–10).
The orchestra has dazzled the world with numerous tours and participated in reputable international music festivals. They have played in prestigious venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Avery Fisher Hall (current David Geffen Hall) in New York, the Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia and the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Kölner Philharmonie, Helsinki Music Centre, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, and many more – including, of course, their home venue, the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. In 2019, ENSO and Neeme Järvi opened the highly acclaimed Festival de Radio France et Montpellier.
This project is managed in association with IMG Artists
Award-winning Swedish prodigy Daniel Lozakovich draws mellifluous sonorities from his 1713 ‘Baron Rothschild’ Stradivari in this debut disc, which is an outstanding and distinctive addition to the already heavily pregnant Bach catalogue. His accounts of the two concertos are technically flawless, beautifully honed and expressively engaging, particularly in the slow movements where he introduces some thoughtfully differentiated timbres.
The outer movements showcase his technical athleticism, muscular bowing and, in both nimble and exhilarating finales, a winning sense of the dance. Ensemble is tautly controlled and balance is well managed in the resonant, close recording, in which his occasional sharp intakes of breath regrettably intrude.
There is much to commend, too, in Lozakovich’s imaginative account of Bach’s Second Partita: his shapely phrasing and emphasis of significant notes, especially in the Allemande; his buoyantly energetic Courante and Giga; his method of sustaining the multiple-stopping to realise the full weight of the harmony in the Sarabande and Chaconne; and his overall architectural nous and expressive liberties with tempo in the Chaconne.
Baiba Skride, violin
Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Ed Gardner, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Andris Poga, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tugan Sokhiev, John Storgårds and Juraj Valcuha.
Summer 2019 sees Baiba Skride’s appearance at Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s Classical Spree festival in multiple concerts, followed by her return to the Grafenegg Festival with the Tonkünstler-Orchester as well as chamber music performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Gewandhaus Leipzig. Her 19/20 season begins with a season opening concert with the Residentie Orkest as part of her residency, which sees her return to the orchestra with three different concertos throughout the season. She also looks forward to the world premiere of the Victoria Borisova-Ollas violin concerto with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic followed by premieres with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Further highlights include the Dutch premiere of Sebastian Currier’s violin concerto at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, concerts with the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, at the Philharmonie Cologne and Philharmonie Berlin on tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Staatskapelle Weimar, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In the US she gives her debut with Pittsburgh Philharmonic and returns to St. Louis and Oregon Symphony Orchestras.
Neeme Järvi, conductor
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most highly respected maestros. He conducts the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest calibre. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of nearly 500 recordings.
Over his long and highly successful career he has held positions with orchestras across the world. Last season he took up his tenure as Artistic and Music Director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Emeritus of both the Residentie Orkest Netherland Hague and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also holds the titles of Principal Conductor Emeritus of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Recent and future seasons include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as the major orchestras in the USA, and regular engagements with the NHK and Singapore symphony orchestras. He also continues his regular relationships with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchetra, Swedesh National Orchestra of Gothenburg and the Royal Scottish National orchestras (for a number of recording and concert projects).