OP0287. NEEME JÄRVI Cond. Malmö Symphony Orchestra & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, w.Love Derwinger, Christina Ortiz, Peter Mattei & Ulf Wallin: Two Symphonies; Two Piano Concerti, various orchestral music (Stenhammar). (Sweden) 4-BIS 714/16, recorded 1982-92, partially live performances. Final ever-so-slightly used copy, w 66pp. Booklet. - 7318597147163
"Neeme Järvi was born in Tallinn. He initially studied music there, and later in Leningrad at the Leningrad Conservatory under Yevgeny Mravinsky, and Nikolai Rabinovich, among others. Early in his career, he held posts with the Estonian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. In 1971 he won first prize in the International Conductors Competition at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 1982, he became the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony, and held the post for 22 years, the longest-serving principal conductor in the orchestra's history. During his Gothenburg tenure, the recording profile and reputation of the orchestra greatly increased. He retained his post in Gothenburg until 2004, and now holds the title of Principal Conductor Emeritus (Chefdirigent Emeritus) with the orchestra. Järvi immigrated to the United States in 1980 with his family. He became an American citizen in 1985.
In the United States, Järvi became Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1990. He served until 2005, and is now its Music Director Emeritus. In November 1996, Järvi conducted a joint concert by the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic in Camden, New Jersey, to raise funds for the Philadelphia Orchestra, which was in the midst of a strike. He donated his services and received no fee for this concert. He received praise from US orchestra musicians for this gesture, which was controversial with several managers of American orchestras, who had urged him against conducting this concert.
Järvi became Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) in 2005, with an initial three-year contract. In March 2009, the NJSO announced that Järvi had agreed to serve as the orchestra's artistic adviser, and named him their conductor laureate, after the scheduled conclusion of his contract as music director.”
“The Swedish baritone Peter Mattei came to my attention when I heard (and saw) him as Figaro in Bartlett Sher’s imaginative production of Rossini’s THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at the Met several years ago. Much to my amazement, Mattei proved to be just as compelling a stage personality and singer when he sang Shishkov in Janacek’s FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD, also at the Met, a few years later. He dominated the stage in both works not only because of his physical size (he’s well over six feet tall) but even more so because of his large but smooth and attractive voice and his acting. He’s obviously a very versatile artist...."
- Kurt Moses, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2011