Paavo Järvi serves as music director of no fewer than four orchestras – the Cincinnati Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, and later this year L’Orchestre de Paris. Along with acclaimed concerts, he has won many awards for his recordings -- not bad for someone who started out as a drummer in a rock band.
In a wide-ranging conversation with host Gilbert Kaplan, Järvi explains:
- Why he admires conductor Carlos Kleiber and Wilhelm Furtwängler
- Why Haydn is his favorite composer
- Why a music director in America has to spend more time on fundraising than on music
- Why some of Richard Strauss’s major works, Alpine Symphony and Heldenleben, “are empty” and “lack substance”.
- Why in his fantasy, he would be a composer
His music selections include works by Beethoven, Verdi, Haydn, Bach and Tüür.