The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

“Everything is alive with this ensemble, both fresh and free.” (Der Standard, December 2015)

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Overview

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, one of the world's leading orchestras, has delighted audiences worldwide with its unique musical style and energy. With its Artistic Director, Paavo Järvi, at the helm, HarrisonParrott is proud to arrange international tours throughout the world for the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. The Beethoven Project cemented the special relationship between Paavo Järvi and the orchestra - they received unprecedented critical acclaim for their Beethoven symphony cycle recorded on CD for Sony/BMG and for their pioneering DVD documentary, 'The Beethoven Project' by the German Wave which won 15 international awards. In 2010 they received the Honorary Diploma of the German Record Critics Prize.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, one of the world's leading orchestras, has delighted audiences worldwide with its unique musical style and energy. With its Artistic Director, Paavo Järvi, at the helm, HarrisonParrott is proud to arrange international tours throughout the world for the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie. The Beethoven Project cemented the special relationship between Paavo Järvi and the orchestra - they received unprecedented critical acclaim for their Beethoven symphony cycle recorded on CD for Sony/BMG and for their pioneering DVD documentary, 'The Beethoven Project' by the German Wave which won 15 international awards. In 2010 they received the Honorary Diploma of the German Record Critics Prize.

Alongside their recording work, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Järvi have given major tours to Japan (2006, 2007, 2010, 2013), Canada and the US (2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010) as well as numerous tours throughout Europe. They returned to South America in 2013 and performed a complete Beethoven symphony cycle in Sao Paulo which received a sensational response from audiences and critics alike. Schumann's symphonies were the next works to be explored and re-interpreted by this extraordinary partnership, taking the repertoire to the White Nights Festival, St Petersburg (personally invited by Valery Gergiev) in July 2011, the Beethovenfest Bonn in Sept 2011 and the Beethoven Festival, Warsaw in March 2012. They made a welcome return to the Konzerthaus, Vienna with their Schumann cycle in the 2012/13 season. 2013 tours included a concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio” in Japan, as well as their Korean debut. 2014 brought the launch of their Brahms symphony and concerto cycle which Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Järvi performed in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.

In 2015 they returned to Korea and toured throughout Russia, Austria, Germany, France and Poland, while in 2016 they are revisiting Asia with a major tour to Japan and Taiwan.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie has received numerous awards for its unique collaboration with the Bremen East School, including in 2007, the Future Award for best social innovation. In 2008 it received the prestigious German Founders Award in the category of ‘special prize’ for its successful combination of entrepreneurship and culture. One notable accolade, the Fifth International Bremen Peace Prize, was received in November 2011 together with the Bremen East School and the Osterholz-Tenever borough as an acknowledgement of their outstanding collaborative initiative 'District-Opera'. This is the first time a Bremen-based project has been recognized with such an award.

Contacts

Rafi Gokay Wol +44 (0)20 3725 9172

Reviews

“The energy currents flow and intensify with each moment. Weariness is not something that this cohesive ensemble know of. They are driven only by their desire to raise our perception of Brahms. And this is what the Bremen musicians precisely achieved in this blazing evening.” (Der Tagesspiegel , December 2015)

“Seldom do you experience an orchestra where there is so much eye contact and laughter. Such enjoyment was clear from the outset of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 … the freedom with which this orchestra played with music is quite unique." (Die Welt, December 2015)

“The energy currents flow and intensify with each moment. Weariness is not something that this cohesive ensemble know of. They are driven only by their desire to raise our perception of Brahms. And this is what the Bremen musicians precisely achieved in this blazing evening.” (Der Tagesspiegel , December 2015)

“Seldom do you experience an orchestra where there is so much eye contact and laughter. Such enjoyment was clear from the outset of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 … the freedom with which this orchestra played with music is quite unique." (Die Welt, December 2015)

“What matters above all is that the performances themselves are truly impressive. Here is a predominately young orchestra of exactly the right size to enable Schumann’s textures to be heard with the clarity they deserve, and clearly made up of players that care passionately about the music. Järvi brings out both its nervous excitement and yearning sensuousness with great understanding, keeping his musicians constantly on their toes and his listeners on the edge of their seats. To hear these accounts is to fall in love with the pieces all over again." [Performance *****] (Misha Donat, BBC Music Magazine, August 2013)

“The resourceful Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is evidently manned by players who listen very closely to one another, and the sound is superbly balanced. So, an unreserved recommendation.” (Gramophone, March 2012)

“This is the first time that the German Die Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, with its wonderfully clear brass section, incredibly sharp woodwinds and the most chiselled of strings, has performed in Russia. The ensemble is rightly hailed as the etalon of contemporary orchestral music making. The players’ musical freedom within Paavo Järvi’s precise artistic direction is astounding: the orchestra reads symphonic works as if they were chamber compositions, falling into small groups of deliciously autonomous solo groups just to assemble into an organic whole again with graceful ease.” (Kommersant, July 2011)

“Under Paavo Järvi’s direction, the orchestra played as if a revolution was breaking out in every bar.” (WAZ/NRZ, Bremen, October 2010)

“The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s performance was unique, admirable and new.” (Die Welt, Bremen, October 2010)

“The standing ovation was a confirmation of my feeling, that we had witnessed a moment of glory, one of the rarest moments in the history of interpretations, which is both impossible to plan and impossible to repeat.” (Kreiszeitung Syke, Bremen, October 2010)

“The small, brilliant orchestra and their conductor Paavo Järvi celebrated world-wide triumph with their cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies. Their most recent performance in the Laeiszhalle was a moment of glory.” (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 2010)

“Järvi found his musical character in every movement...Järvi doesn’t need grand gestures; just a small movement of his fingertips affects the sound.” (Hamburger Abendblatt, October 2010)

“In their four years of detailed and searching work together on Beethoven, Järvi and his players seem to have left not a pebble of performing practice unturned. And now their style is immediately distinctive: confident shaping through tracing every extreme dynamic and rhythmic nerve-ending of Beethoven’s score, the minute control of every sound, and the meticulous shaping and inflection of every phrase. It’s as though you’re looking over their shoulders into each pencil-marked score. Yet the miracle of it all is that the result is a sense of spontaneous combustion and ever-dangerous living.” (The Times, July 2010)

“After the interval, Järvi didn’t even wait for the applause to die down before launching the Fifth Symphony. This was a reading with no time to waste, but every detail, from the tiniest bassoon parp to the merest flute-tweet, registered with the clarity of, precisely, chamber music.” (Evening Standard, July 2010)

“Even highly competent orchestral concerts can sound like just another day at the office for jaded musicians. But when the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen appeared at Alice Tully Hall on Monday evening in the Mostly Mozart Festival, it seemed that work was certainly play for these fiery performers.” (The New York Times, August 2010)

"This was a Xanax-ree performance, the music raw and unprettified and its bipolar underpinnings highlighted with sharp contrasts and unexpected accents. The musicians, perched on the edge of their seats, played with enormous energy and illuminated violent mood swings within a single measure.” (The New York Times, August 2010)

“This is the crispest, most essential and intelligent Beethoven I have ever heard - and possibly the liveliest reanimation of a musical spitfire whose utopian energies can never be extinguished” (Bayern 4 Klassik, 2009)

“A wonder… festivals justify their name with performances like this.” (Salzburger Nachrichten, July 2009)

“The exciting Beethoven cycle by The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. . . Rarely encountered forms of euphoria on the Salzach (rhythmic applause, standing ovations).” (Der Standard, July 2009)