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Schumann at Pier2

The Orchestra

Members of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and their conductor Paavo Järvi are the protagonists in 'Schumann at Pier2'.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the best orchestras in its segment worldwide.

This is largely thanks to its artistic director Paavo Järvi’s internationally acclaimed Beethoven cycle. They have performed the complete cycle of nine Beethoven symphonies in Paris, Tokyo, Strasbourg, Warsaw, at the Salzburg Festival, and the Beethovenfest Bonn. For more, there is the critically-acclaimed DW television documentary „The Beethoven Project“ (2010) as well as a DVD production, featuring recordings of all nine Beethoven symphonies, filmed at the Beethovenfest Bonn.

In 2011, the symphonies of Robert Schumann have become the new focus of star conductor Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie’s work. Their mission: to rediscover Schumann's symphonies and clear up old misunderstandings.

Paavo Järvi: “Everywhere I heard that Schumann was a great composer for the piano but a poor orchestral composer. One of my teachers even called Schumann a poor man's Brahms. If you listen to him with that attitude, you’ll completely misunderstand Schumann. If you start looking at things that way, then Schumann’s orchestral work had no chance of survival. His whole aesthetic is just different. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Schumann's orchestration.”

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