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theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Neeme Järvi

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Neeme Järvi

The master conductor talks about his native Estonia and his vast discography

Järvi sporting the black, white and blue of his beloved Estonia's flagTilt Veerhae

Honour your senior master conductors: there aren't so many of them left now. Abbado and Haitink spring most readily to mind, but orchestral musicians may also nominate Neeme Järvi, who celebrated his 74th birthday last week. A passionate patriot and the man his country voted "Estonian of the Century" in 2000, he proudly sports the colours of the national flag in concert attire by virtue of a natty added blue handkerchief. But since he emigrated from Estonia in 1980 and had his name wiped from the Soviet recording label, his career has been truly international, his discography probably a world record.

Music is not in four beats or whatever, always alla breve. That’s why I’m always trying to find new ways

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