“Paavo Järvi became chief conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in 2019, and the five years since have yielded gripping recordings of Tchaikovsky and Bruckner symphonies. This new release of Mendelssohn’s complete symphonies confirms the symbiotic relationship Järvi has forged with the orchestra, and is jam-packed with exciting, at times electrifying, music-making.”­
­­­­So wrote the BBC Music Magazine this month about Paavo Järvi’s new recording with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on Alpha Classics, which was also one of his first major projects with the orchestra. Now as Järvi is about to embark on his sixth season in Zürich, there are both new and on-going projects to look forward to, at home in the Grosse Tonhalle, on tour and on CD.­
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­photo credit: Alberto Venzago­­­­
­­­­The season opens with a programme introducing this year’s creative chair, Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the “primeval sonic landscape” of her 2022 orchestral work Archora, which is partnered with Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist and season Focus Artist Víkingur Ólafsson (18, 19 & 20 September).­
­­­­South African soprano Golda Schultz, also a season focus artist, performs Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs  in a programme ranging from Webern’s Langsamer Satz arranged by Gerard Schwarz to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 1 (25 – 27 September).­­­­
­­­­Víkingur Ólafsson returns to Zürich to perform the new Piano Concerto After The Fall, written for and dedicated to him by John Adams (22,23 & 24 January) and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 (12 & 13 March). He then joins Paavo and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on tour for performances at the Hamburg ElbphilharmonieParis PhilharmonieFrankfurt Alte Oper and Cologne Philharmonie (15 – 19 March).­­­­
­­­­Additional season highlights include the continuation of the new Mahler symphony cycle with performances and recordings of symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, as well as a spotlight on the music of Shostakovich. Mahler and Shostakovich also feature on the programme of Paavo and the Tonhalle’s Spanish tour this autumn which takes them to AlicanteBarcelonaMadrid and Zaragoza (27 – 31 October), together with soloist Lisa Batiashvili, who performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2.­­­­
­­­­The fourth edition of the Conductor’s Academy takes place from 26 – 28 May 2025 (live streamed), offering young conductors the opportunity to rehearse with the orchestra, and to receive technical and musical tips. Following the final concert, the audience give their vote and the lucky winner is invited to participate in the Järvi Academy at the Pärnu Music Festival.­­­­
­­­­The season closes with a new bi-annual summer festival called tonhalleAIR, in which Paavo leads programmes with the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich and soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (12 June), as well as the student orchestra of the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich (13 June).­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Upcoming recordings­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Alpha Classics releases Bruckner Symphony No. 9 this September, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The third and last release in the Tonhalle Bruckner series, follows recordings of Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 which met with critical acclaim and an ICMA award for “Best Symphonic Recording” (Symphony No. 8).­­­­
­­­­This will be followed in Spring 2025 with the first release in Paavo Järvi and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich’s complete Mahler cycle, starting with Symphony No. 5.­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Bruckner Symphonies No. 7 and 8
review highlights
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­­­­Deutschlandfunk / Marcus Stäbler“With Bruckner, Järvi and his orchestra stand up to the standards they have set themselves. They demonstrate this right at the beginning of the Seventh Symphony: the theme flows wonderfully softly and naturally. The sound of cellos, violas and horns merges into one …”­­­­
­­­­Klassiskmusik,com / Martin Anderson“Järvi’s Bruckner is of course grandiose, but the breadth of his vision reveals itself organically as he traverses the terrain … I don’t think I’ve ever heard this music played more movingly.”­­­­
­­­­Rondo Magazine / Corina Kolbe“Järvi and his Zurich orchestra present themselves on a world-class level with this finely crafted interpretation.”­­­­
­­­­BBC Music Magazine / Terry Blain“Very few Bruckner outings compel from start to finish, but this one does. It marks out Paavo Järvi as one of our greatest living Bruckner interpreters.”­­­­
­­­­Diapason / Jean-Claude Hulot“The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich once again covers itself in glory here … Järvi gives the finest recent reading of the 8th, right next to – and this is no mean compliment – Christian Thielemann’s sumptuous Viennese success …”­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­PAAVO JÄRVI & TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH
2024 / 25 season concerts in Zürich­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­18, 19 & 20 September­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
ThorvaldsdottirArchora
StravinskyFirebird Suite (1919 version)

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­25 & 27 September
(plus Tonhalle CRUSH concert on 26 September)­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Webern arr. Gerard SchwarzLangsamer Satz
StraussFour Last Songs

Bruckner: Symphony No. 1

Soloist: Golda Schultz­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­23 & 24 October­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

Soloist: Lisa Batiashvili­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­8, 9 & 10 November­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mahler: Symphony No. 7­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­22, 23 & 24 January­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Adams: Piano Concerto After The Fall
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­31 January, 1 & 2 February
(plus Tonhalle CRUSH concert on 30 January)­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Schumann: Piano Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Soloist: Anna Vinnitskaya­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­5 & 6 March­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­LigetiConcerto Romanesc
Brahms: Double Concerto for violin and cello
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rheinische

Soloists: Tanja and Christian Tetzlaff­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­12 & 13 March­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

LutoslawskiConcerto for Orchestra

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­26 – 28 May
Conductor’s Academy
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­­­­Verdi: Overture to Nabucco
Vasks: Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3

Josef Strauss: Waltz op. 263­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­4, 5 & 6 June­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mozart: Symphony No.39
Mozart: Symphony No. 40
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 Jupiter­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­12 June­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Khachaturian: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Soloist: Jean-Yves Thibaudet­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­13 June
TonAIR summer fesival concert
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­­­­Bizet: Overture to Carmen and Suite No 1
Khachaturian: Piano Concerto
KodalyDances of Galanta

Soloist: Jean-Yves Thibaudet­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­14 June
TonAIR summer fesival concert
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­­­­Special concert with the orchestra of the
Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich

Grieg: from Peer Gynt
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­PAAVO JÄRVI & TONHALLE-ORCHESTER ZÜRICH
Upcoming tours­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­30 May – Amsterdam Concertgebouw
31 May – Basel Stadt Casino­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Elgar: Cello Concerto

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5Soloist: Kian Soltani­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­29 August – Rheingau Music Festival­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Beethoven: Violin Concerto

Brahms: Symphony No. 4Soloist: Christian Tetzlaff­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­30 August – Rheingau Music Festival­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 1Soloist: Bruce Liu­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­11 September –Lucerne Festival
12 September – Lugano­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 1

Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­27 October –Alicante ADDA­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mahler: Symphony No. 7­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­28 October –Barcelona Palau de la Música­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Soloist: Lisa Batiashvili
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­29 October –Madrid Auditorio Nacional­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

Soloist: Lisa Batiashvili
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­30 October –Madrid Auditorio Nacional­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mahler: Symphony No. 7­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­31 October –Zaragoza Auditorio­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

Soloist: Lisa Batiashvili
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­15 March –Hamburg Elbphilharmonie­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rheinische

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson­
­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­16 March –Hamburg Elbphilharmonie­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­LigetiConcerto Romanesc

Adams: Piano Concerto After The Fall

LutoslawskiConcerto for Orchestra

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­18 March –Paris Philharmonie­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­LigetiConcerto Romanesc

Adams: Piano Concerto After The Fall

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rheinische

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­19 March –Frankfurt Alte Oper
21 March – Cologne Philharmonie­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rheinische

Soloist: Víkingur Ólafsson
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­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­22 March –Essen Philharmonie­­­­­­­­­­­­
­­­­LigetiConcerto Romanesc

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Schumann: Symphony No. 3 Rheinische

Soloist: Anna Vinnitskaya­
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