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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Sheer ardor may not be Paavo Järvi’s strong suit, but he has a scientist’s precision with the sifting of orchestral textures, and his new Telarc recording reveals details almost completely lost in the murk of other performances of these familiar orchestral works by English masters Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar – even in performances led by the composers themselves. And Järvi’s sense of wonder never fails to make this music sound fresh and newly discovered. Best of all, Telarc’s engineers have either hit upon the perfect pieces for Cincinnati’s Music Hall, or else they’ve found some new insights to recording there. Whichever is the case, this release marks both Telarc’s and Paavo Järvi’s finest achievement yet in Cincinnati. read more…

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