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Järvi responded to the audience's enthusiasm with no less than three encores. Sibelius's Valse Triste was given a lush, glistening rendering (with glowing, silky string playing). Brahms's Hungarian Dance No 6 had Magyar gusto aplenty. Sibelius's rarely heard Andante Festivo had an appropriately ceremonial spirit. The rich string sonority was striking. To each of these vignettes, Järvi brought style, musicality, and fervor. Felicitous music making!

Paavo Järvi conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Jeff Loughlin
Paavo Järvi conducting the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Jeff Loughlin

The Cincinnati Symphony has had many distinguished music directors in its long history -- Eugene Ysaye, Leopold Stokowski, Fritz Reiner, Sir Eugene Goossens, Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Michael Gielen, and Jesus Lopez Cobos. Paavo Järvi is one of the world's outstanding young conductors. The Järvi-Cincinnati combination is poised to set new artistic standards and make music history. A great concert!

Copyright © 22 May 2004 Lawrence Budmen, Miami Beach, USA

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