Repertoire Report- Paavo Jarvi, 2011

Repertoire Report season continues here at VFTP, with the first of the really big names. Kristjan in Los Angeles has been kind enough to collate this years’ Report from the listing of programs on Paavo’s website.

You can see Paavo’s Reports from past years here (2010, 2009, and 2008) and comparisons and analyses with other conductors here (2010 and 2008). He’s a busy guy, but remarkably consistent in his workload, sticking pretty consistently to just over 100 works per year.

I’ve followed Paavo’s career with interest ever since I covered his first concert with the Cincinnati Symphony. My boss, the designated cover for that concert, bowed out and left for the week after watching the first 10 minutes of PJ’s first rehearsal and declaring he was “not music director material.” Live and learn- Paavo has had a tremendous 10 year run at the CSO since then, and now moves on to a new chapter of his career with three of the best orchestras around- the Orchestre de Paris, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

It’s a vintage Paavo list- a huge swath of the most interesting corners of the standard repertoire, some Scandanavian and  Baltic composers old and new and a range of “projects.” I’ll be first to give him a huge pat on the back for doing a good chunk of Faure, a composer we don’t hear enough of. On the other hand, I was a little disappointed to see him doing Dvorak’s Carnival Overture on its own- the piece should really only be played as part of the Triptych- Nature, Life and Love alongside Nature’s Realm and Othello.  No opera or ballet for Paavo this year, which is typical for him.  Aside from our different tastes in the music of our time, as always, Paavo’s is probably the list I would be most happy and comfortable to step in to without notice- lots of repertoire I love and do often.


  1. Bach: Piano Conc. in D minor  (Stewart Goodyear)
  2. Bartók: Viola Concerto (Gábor Máté Szűcs)
  3. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
  4. Beethoven: The Consecration of the House, Overture
  5. Beethoven: Piano Conc. No.1 (Till Fellner)
  6. Beethoven: Piano Conc. No.4 (Andre Watts)
  7. Beethoven: Violin Conc. — Piano Version (Olli Mustonen)
  8. Beethoven: Symphony No.4
  9. Beethoven: Symphony No.5

10. Beethoven: Symphony No.7

11. Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder with Elīna Garanča

12. Berg: Violin Concerto (Gidon Kremer)

13. Berlioz: Harold en Italie

14. Berlioz: Le corsaire, Overture

15. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

16. George Benjamin: A Mind of Winter

17. Bernstein: On the Town

18. Bizet: Symphony in C major

19. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor

20. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 (Leif Ove Andsnes)

21. Brahms: Serenade Nr.1

22. Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op.16

23. Brahms: Violin Concerto (Sayaka Shoji)

24. Britten: Violin Conc. (Janine Jansen)

25. Bruckner: Symphony No.2

26. Bruckner: Symphony No.8

27. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 (Khatia Buniatishvili)

28. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1(Jan Lisiecki)

29. Charles Coleman: Fanfare/Greeting

30. Copland: Clarinet Concerto (Martin Fröst)

31. Debussy: Printemps

32. Debussy: Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra

33. Duruflé: Trois danses

34. Dvořák: Carnival, Overture

35. Dvořák: Cello Concerto (Yo-Yo Ma)

36. Dvořák: Symphony No.7

37. Dvořák: Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’

38. Elgar: Cello Concerto (Truls Mørk)

39. Thorsten Encke: Nyx

40. Thierry Escaich: La barque solaire, pour orgue et orchestre

41. Fauré: Requiem

42. Fauré: Pavane pour chœur et orchestra

43. Fauré: Élégie pour violoncello et orchestre (Eric Picard)

44. Fauré: CXXXVI Super flumina babylonis, pour chœur et orchestra

45. Fauré: Requiem (Chen Reiss, Matthias Goerne)

46. Franck: Symphony in D minor

47. Glinka: Valse-Fantaisie

48. Stewart Goodyear: Anniversary Fanfare

49. Grieg: Piano Conc. (Elisabeth Leonskaja)

50. Haydn: Cello Concerto in C (Alisa Weilerstein)

51. Haydn: Symphony No.88

52. Haydn: Symphony No.102 in B flat

53. John Holland: Anniversary Fanfare

54. Ives: Symphony No.4: Fugue “From Greenland’s Icy Mountain”

55. Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1

56. Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 (Denis Matsuev)Mahler: Symphony No.5

57. Mahler: Symphony No.7

58. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Akiko Suwanai) (Hilary Hahn)

59. Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées

60. Messiaen: Turangalîla-symphonie

61. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 (Khatia Buniatishvili)

62. Mozart: Violin Conc. No.4 (Alina Ibragimova)

63. Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 (Vilde Frang)

64. Carl Nielsen: Symphony No.5

65. Nielsen: Symphony No.6 (Sinfonia Semplice)

66. Pärt: Silhouette, Hommage à Gustave Eiffel

67. Prokofeiv: Symphony No.6

68. Rachmaninov: The Rock

69. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Jorge Luis Prats)

70. Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

71. Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (David Fray)

72. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suites

73. Hans Rott: Symphony in E major

74. Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’ (Thierry Escaiach)

75. Schubert: Symphony No.9

76. Schumann: Scenes from Goethe’s Faust

77. Schumann: Hermann et Dorothée, Overture

78. Schumann: Ouverture, Scherzo und Finale

79. Schumann: Piano Concerto (Dang Thai Son)

80. Schumann: Konzertstück (for four horns and orchestra)

81. Schumann: Symphony No.1 ‘Spring’

82. Schumann: Symphony No.2

83. Schumann: Symphony No.3 ‘Rhenish’

84. Schumann: Symphony No.4

85. Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.2 (Janine Jansen)

86. Sibelius: Finlandia

87. Sibelius: Violin Concerto

88. Sibelius: Symphony No.2

89. Sibelius: Symphony No.5

90. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

91. Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

92. Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947)

93. Strauss: Don Quixote (Laszlo Fenyo, Mate Szucs)

94. Tchaikovsky: Piano Conc. No.2 (Denis Matsuev)

95. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto (Leonidas Kavakos)

96. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

97. Eduard Tubin: Symphony No.11

98. Tüür: Aditus

99. Tüür: Fanfare/Greeting

100. Tüür: Piano Concerto (Awadagin Pratt)

101. Varèse: Amériques

102. Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz

103.Weber: Overture to Oberon

104. Jörg Widman: Anniversary Fanfare


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