Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

An ensemble that is ready for the wealth of challenges facing a major, highly qualified and dynamic symphony orchestra in the 21st Century.

Contacts

Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Overview

HarrisonParrott has been delighted to work with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor since the 2006/07 season. Throughout its history stretching over three quarters of a century the Orchestra has built up an enviable international reputation through its concerts, broadcasts and CD recordings.

Through its collaboration with HarrisonParrott, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra made its BBC Proms debut in August 2007 under the baton of their previous Chief Condcutor, Paavo Järvi, as part of a major European summer festivals tour with baritone Matthias Goerne. During May/June 2008, Järvi led the orchestra on an extensive tour of Japan with Hélène Grimaud, including two performances at Suntory Hall

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HarrisonParrott has been delighted to work with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor since the 2006/07 season. Throughout its history stretching over three quarters of a century the Orchestra has built up an enviable international reputation through its concerts, broadcasts and CD recordings.

Through its collaboration with HarrisonParrott, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra made its BBC Proms debut in August 2007 under the baton of their previous Chief Condcutor, Paavo Järvi, as part of a major European summer festivals tour with baritone Matthias Goerne. During May/June 2008, Järvi led the orchestra on an extensive tour of Japan with Hélène Grimaud, including two performances at Suntory Hall and a Brahms symphony cycle at Minato Mirai, Yokohama. Summer 2009 included appearances at numerous European summer festivals as well as two performances in Paavo Järvi’s country of birth, Estonia, with the celebrated Dutch violinist, Janine Jansen. Touring highlights in the 2009/10 season included a tour to China (focusing on Shanghai to coincide with EXPO) and South Korea. In August 2011 the Orchestra and Paavo Jarvi returned to the prestigious Concertgebouw, Amsterdam followed by concerts at the San Sebastian and Santander music festivals as well as making their annual appearance at the Rheingau Festival, performing and recording Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Touring highlights of the 2011/12 season included hugely successful performances of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 in Spain - which they have also recorded - followed by an extensive nine-concert tour of Japan and South Korea with soloists Alice Sara Ott and Hilary Hahn in May/June.

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Contacts

Viola Frankenfeld +49 (0)89 6797 10484

Reviews

“During the performance of Mahler Symphony No.5 - the second half of the concert at SAC, Järvi’s virtuosic sound-weaving skill was vividly manifested. From the first movement, Järvi almost spontaneously changed the tempo and the dynamics, grounded on the solid and immaculate brass, transmitting intense energy to the audience. Every phrase was played with sophistication...” (Chosun.com, June 2012)

 “The orchestra's magnificent and mind-blowing performance so mesmerized the audience that they were unaware that two hours and forty minutes had flowed. The concert hall was soon filled with applause and standing ovations. The orchestra and Maestro Järvi played three enthralling encores.” (The Korea

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“During the performance of Mahler Symphony No.5 - the second half of the concert at SAC, Järvi’s virtuosic sound-weaving skill was vividly manifested. From the first movement, Järvi almost spontaneously changed the tempo and the dynamics, grounded on the solid and immaculate brass, transmitting intense energy to the audience. Every phrase was played with sophistication...” (Chosun.com, June 2012)

 “The orchestra's magnificent and mind-blowing performance so mesmerized the audience that they were unaware that two hours and forty minutes had flowed. The concert hall was soon filled with applause and standing ovations. The orchestra and Maestro Järvi played three enthralling encores.” (The Korea Herald, June 2012)

 “The third movement that seemed to explore endless abyss approached its zenith under the trembling baton of the conductor, and the brass - including a Wagner tuba – before promptly and majestically proceeding to the ultimate ecstasy.” (Metro Seoul, June 2012)

“It was one of those magical nights where the impressive sound of one of the greatest symphonies is transmitted through one of the finest orchestras of the old continent. The result of this combination was impressive and the praise at the end of the concert was mixed with the silence of those who savoured a musical moment that they would like to repeat.” (El Mundo Cantabria, August 2011)

“The orchestra from Frankfurt was conducted by Paavo Jarvi, a conductor who draws from the best symphonic traditions of the past century, elegant, clear in his ideas, respectful of the intentions of the composer and perfectly expert in getting the most out of the orchestras he conducts.” (Gara, August 2011)

 “We knew that the orchestra was a powerful ensemble, but this did not prepare us for the impact of the opening work. The impressive crescendo of the final chord brought a most memorable interpretation to a rousing conclusion.” (El Diario Vasco, August 2011)

“Cultured orchestral playing, Alice Coote’s heart-melting singing and superb recorded sound support Järvi’s persuasive vision.” (Classic FM, October 2010)

"Beautifully refined orchestral playing from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Paavo Järvi.” (The Guardian, May 2010)

“…the marvellously sonorous Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra…this is vivid, warm and full of drama. The lyrical opening movement sings with varied weights and colours, the Adagio is sustained but with light and shade, the Scherzo has huge force but breathes and moves, while the finale attains a terrific, transparent power.” (The Guardian, January 2009)

“This beautifully paced collaboration between Nicholas Angelich and Paavo Järvi perfectly catches the balance of intimacy and grandeur… with excellent playing from Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra's principal oboist and cellist, the concerto is paired with a sparky performance of the Hungarian Dances. Muscular phrasing, a sly dash of wit, lashings of rubato and some thrillingly percussive articulation.” (The Independent, April 2008)