Paavo is conductor of the year

Paavo is conductor of the year


norman lebrecht

September 02, 2019

Germany’s Opus Klassik awards are out.

Singers of the year are Joyce DiDonato and Christian Gerhaher.

Conductor of the Year is Paavo Järvi.

Instrumentalists of the year will be Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet), Sol Gabetta (cello) and Igor Levit (piano).



  • Jean says:

    This year this was poorly communicated. Not many independent labels ever knew about the process going on.

    (In case you wonder why certain labels are missing…)

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Three cheers for those wonderful winners!!

  • 32VA says:

    [[ Conductor of the Year is Paavo Järvi ]]

    Must be a shite year, then.

  • Järvi-survivor says:

    Paavo?!# I guess they did not consult anyone who actually had to play under him. Talk about trying to live up to family pressures and his own inflated self-image.

    • Anon says:

      What’s so bad about him?

      • Järvi-survivor says:

        He enjoys intimidating players he doesn’t like, which is counterproductive for the performance at hand. He likes springing surprises during concerts, sometimes resulting in train-wrecks. He is very moody, sometimes conducting extremely well but at other times being inordinately detached and sloppy. He believes he is solely responsible for all positive results, telling any of his musicians that he is pleased that HE was able to make them play so well. Look at his CD covers: they all feature his face, never a photo of the orchestra or a portrait of the composer. Family issues are too numerous to illuminate in this space.

  • Gustavo says:

    Every year is a Järvi-year!

  • Gustavo says:

    Who’s in for the Life Achiement Award?



  • michael says:

    Braavo Paavo!

  • Gustavo says:

    ECHO Klassik = Opus Klassik

    New name, old content, same image.

  • Manu says:

    German star system. Bought awards, ridicolous PR action.

  • sorin says:

    The Sibelius cycle is an awful recording.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      The Mahler 6 made with the NHK Tokyo is an outstanding recording.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      It probably should never have been made – there was no need for it. But just to play devil’s advocate, you don’t think recording Sibelius with a French orchestra – even a very good one – might present challenges in terms of style and producing an idiomatic sound?