Composer Jan Järvlepp’s FLIGHTS OF FANCY is available now through Navona Records. Fusing European and American musical traditions, the album pairs the excitement of rock and jazz rhythms with classical orchestral and chamber music forms. FLIGHTS OF FANCY presents an exciting opportunity for those who find centuries-old classical music alienating but 20th century modern music inaccessible. Full of unique timbres and innovative arrangements, this newest album from Järvlepp offers a scintillating array of sounds and hybrid forms for music lovers to discover.
All of the scores and players’ parts from the Flights of Fancy CD are now available from the publisher J. W. Pepper. In addition, the score and solo flute part of Concerto 2000 are also available in addition to other scores.
The flute world has a sensational new concerto at the helm. Jan Järvlepp’s Concerto 2000 is an extraordinary and colorful new work, highly recommended for every flutist’s repertoire list. Canadian composer and longtime Navona Records artist Jan Jarvlepp. Known for his neo-tonal style and rejection of the avant-garde modernism that he was trained in at university, Jan is a forward-thinking artist. CONCERTO 2000 is Jan’s first full album release with PARMA, and was released on June 26, 2020.
The CD features flutist, Pascale Margely (Artist), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Artist), Zagreb Festival Orchestra (Artist), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Artist), Jan Jarvlepp (Composer), Ivan Josip Skender (Conductor), Stanislav Vavrinek (Conductor), Petr Vronsky (Conductor).
The first movement, Caliente (meaning “hot” in Spanish), Is a riveting, mesmerizing movement. Using unique percussion choices, and hand clapping (yes! hand clapping!), the work entices from the first note. Jan Járvlepp’s Caliente is a show stopper!! In this recording, Pascale Margely presents us with a spellbinding edition of this gripping work. The trumpet solo, midway in the movement, offers a regal proclamation before the flute continues with the marcato quasi flamenco flute line to the end.
Nocturne is an engrossing and mournful tone poem. Pascale Margely’s beautiful, mellifluous sound soars above the strings, giving the movement an extra bewitching element. Visceral by nature, this movement sends chills and tugs the wounded soul. The harp and percussion offer a slight change in the atmosphere, yet never leaving the dark and engrossing landscape. The interweaving flute and strings arrive at a piercing climax which then falls gracefully as announced by the vibraphone and the movement finishes with a meandering and wounded flute.
The third movement Fire, Ice & Vodka is an upbeat folk song sounding movement. The wonderful and unexpected cheering voices heard from the orchestra members offer a refreshing and unique tapestry to the final movement of the Concerto 2000. Pascale Margely offers a fantastic interpretation of this most unique and enthralling work.
Jan Järvlepp is a maverick composer who knows how to produce exquisite sonic landscapes. His CD entitled, Concerto 2000, offers a variety of new symphonic works, of which, the flute concerto, is a guaranteed show stopper.
-Viviana Guzman, The Flute View
Navona Records of New Hampshire, U.S.A. released the first all-Järvlepp orchestral disk ever. Recorded in Europe during the last three years, it is distributed internationally by Naxos and digital versions are available online.
In this interview with PARMA Recordings, Jan speaks about how he developed his own style, what his latest release, CONCERTO 2000, can offer listeners during a period of global uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. Read the full article from PARMA Recordings.
On March 8, 2020, the Jenaer Philharmonie, under the direction of Simon Gaudenz, performed the Garbage Concerto at the Volkshaus in Jena, Germany. Local percussionists played the solo parts on their homemade instruments
These pieces are now available as print-yourself digital downloads or in paper form delivered to your mailbox.
On October 7, 2019, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alain Trudel, gave the first performance of the orchestral version of Brass Dance at Dominion-Chalmers, Ottawa.
Having completed 38 consecutive seasons in the cello section of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Jan Järvlepp decided to leave in order to compose full time. He only missed one concert in all of those years - when his mother suddenly died of a massive stroke on the day of the dress rehearsal for an all-Chinese program in January, 2009.
Recordings of the Bassoon Quartet and the Woodwind Quintet are now available to the public on two different CDs.
On July 10, 2019, Pascale Margely - flute, Roxanne Léveillé - clarinet, and Jan Järvlepp - electric guitar, performed the premiere of the clarinet version of Seagulls at All Saints, Ottawa. Cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and pianist John Dapaah played the premiere of The Rise and Fall of the Avro Arrow at the Museum of History on July 12, 2019. They repeated it at their own recital at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa on August 31, 2019.
On May 26, 2019, the Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata, OJUEM (Eduardo Mata Youth Orchestra), directed by Vladimir Sagaydo, performed the Garbage Concerto with soloists Topacio Ortiz, Marco Antonio Mora, Eduardo Torres and Bryan Flores, collectively known as Fourtissimo. The event took place at Sala Nezahualcóyotl on UNAM’s campus. This is the fifth orchestra in Mexico City to perform this work.
After a 30-year wait, the orchestral version of Camerata Music is finally available to the public in a recording by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Vronsky. Navona Records released it on May 10, 2019 on the Prisma 2 CD and in downloadable form.
The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Yi Huang, played The Garbage Concerto on November 18, 2018 at Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, China. The Ju Percussion Group were the soloists.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Xia Xiaotang, played The Garbage Concerto on November 23, 2018 at China Philharmonic Concert Hall, Beijing, China. The Ju Percussion Group were the soloists. It was the group’s seventh performance of this piece in 2018.
The Strings of St. John's, under the direction of David Thies-Thompson, played In Memoriam on November 4, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Ottawa, Canada. The performance was dedicated in memory of the late cellist Rick Tersteeg.
The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Zhang Jiemin, played The Garbage Concerto on November 2, 2018 at Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen, China. The Ju Percussion Group were the soloists. This was the first performance of Järvlepp’s music in China while the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra was the sixth orchestra to perform this piece in 2018.
On October 12, 2018, Navona Records released the CD Legends and Light which includes the four-movement Suite for Strings. It was recorded in 2018 by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Stanislav Vavrinek in Olomouc, Czech Republic. It is available as a physical CD and as a digital download.
The American music publisher J. W. Pepper is making available, at moderate price, the score and parts of the Suite for Strings either as paper parts delivered by mail or as a digital print-it-yourself download. Details:
The Laval Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Alain Trudel, performed the Garbage Concerto on September 26, 2018 in Laval, Québec (just North of Montréal, Canada). The Sixtrum percussion ensemble were the soloists. The event, entitled Révolution, took place in Salle André-Mathieu, Laval.
The Taipei Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Domonkos Héja, performed the Garbage Concerto on May 25, 26 and 27, and June 3 in Taichung, Taipei and Kaohsiung. The Ju Percussion Group were the soloists. An educational film was made of the performance.
On April 10, 2018, The Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Simon Gaudenz, gave the first German performance of the Garbage Concerto in the Konzerthaus Freiburg. Members of the orchestra were the percussion soloists.