Would you buy maestro grim, or grin?

Two new releases have arrived of Paavo Järvi’s Bruckner cycle from Frankfurt.

On the 4th symphony he’s looking sombre.

Bruckner-4

 

By the 6th he has got a sheepish grin.

 

bruckner_6

Which one will sell more? We’ll let you know in due course.

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  • This is very likely far-fetched, but I did wonder whether the two expressions might perhaps represent a subtle commentary on the two symphonies. Bruckner himself said of the Sixth ‘die sechste ist die keckste’, so, I don’t know, the cheekiest or sauciest of his symphonies; and the Fourth is of course often called ‘the Romantic’ ( not, I think, by the master himself). And given that Maestro Jaervi’s sombreness also looks a bit dreamily romantic and his sheepishness also a bit impish… No, I don’t really believe it myself. It would be interesting anyway to know which sells more. You’ d assume the Fourth, of course, but maybe the time of the Sixth is at last coming. It’s a fantastic work, anyway.

  • Why do the labels insist on these maestro shots ?

    Admittedly PJ is slightly better looking than old Anton, but he’s not an oil painting. So a bit of art or a photo of Linz or pretty much anything would be better to see.

  • Seriously?! Who goes to the shop to look at CDs in the rack to purchase anymore? And at what point would a tiny thumbnail image influence an Internet purchase? Come on.

    • Good point, but I am not sure it applies to all countries. Can someone give an update about where one can still find brick and mortar records stores? What about the far east?

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