Hailed by New York Times as “a kinetic force on the podium, like Leonard Bernstein reborn”, J？rvi has combined his classical roots and affinity for traditional repertoire with an infectious enthusiasm for creating original programs, propelling classical concert halls around the globe into the 21st century.
John Adams’ opera of Doctor Atomic, with the libretto by Peter Sellars, focuses on the great stress and anxiety experienced by those at Los Alamos while the test of the first atomic bomb was being prepared. In 2007, Adams adapted the opera into the Doctor Atomic Symphony.
“Seventh Symphony” is the most realistic one of Shostakovich’s symphonies. At first, Shostakovich gave each of the four movements of the work a title, “War”, “Memories”, “Our Country’s Wide Spaces” and “Victory in the Future”, respectively. These titles were later removed, but the fact that they had once appeared, implies that the composer had intended to use an epic tone to express his feelings and thoughts about the war. However, the music is never difficult to be understood without these titles, and it is never difficult for the listener to associate it with the heroism that the Soviet Union showed during World War II. While its creation and performance in war time inspired all peace-loving peoples of the world with courage and will to fight with fascism, in times of peace the work reminds us to remember history and cherish peace, and evokes associations with war frenzy and heroism.