Arvo Volmer, conductor
'Throughout, Adele Anthony plays beautifully, with warm, luminous tone, and she's well supported by the Adelaide orchestra... Anthony has the measure of the Sibelius... playing with complete assurance, and her mellow tone is heard to splendid effect in the lyrical passages, above all in the Adagio...'
'She’s superb.... and she makes a glowing case for Australian composer Ross Edwards’s Maninyas ... And it’s magnificently played by Anthony, whose athleticism in the faster sections is staggering... Anthony’s slow movement [Sibelius] is ecstatic, and she closes proceedings with a finale that’s infectious and ultimately thrilling... She’s superbly accompanied by Arvo Volmer’s Adelaide forces, and the recording is nicely balanced.'
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'... None of the above prepared me for the phenomenal quality of her playing of the Sibelius. I can honestly say I have never heard the work played before with such accuracy and apparent ease... As far as the performance of the solo part is concerned this would be my number one choice... Purchasers buying the disc for either work should be delighted with their ‘main’ choice but equally pleased with the remaining music....On the strength of her magnificent reading of the Sibelius Ms Anthony is a name I will actively seek out in the future.'
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Estonian-born conductor Arvo Volmer is widely acclaimed for his performances in both opera and concert. He is particularly known for his interpretation of Mahler, Sibelius, Nordic and Russian repertoire, and contemporary music.
Volmer made his professional debut with the Estonian National Opera at the age of 22 and has been associated with the company ever since. He became Associate Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 1989, and was appointed its Music Director in 1993 (a position he held until 2001). He held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Finland's Oulu Symphony Orchestra between 1994 and 2005. In 2004 he took up both the positions of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor with the Estonian National Opera.
Arvo Volmer has also been Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 2004 – 2013 During his directorship of the orchestra he has led tours to Los Angeles (Royce Hall) and New York (Carnegie Hall). In 2008 he began an extended Mahler Cycle with the orchestra over a five-year period.
Volmer has performed with many of the world's top orchestras and appeared at numerous theatres and opera houses. He has conducted such orchestras as the BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de São Paulo, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and L'Orchestre National de France. He has conducted the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin and most of Scandinavia's major ensembles including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras.
As an opera and ballet conductor, Volmer has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Finnish National Opera, Norwegian Opera, German National Theatre Mannheim, Chemnitz Theatre, Georgian National Opera and Malmö Music Theatre among others.
Throughout his career, Volmer has made a extensive number of recordings, including the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius for ABC Classics and the symphonic works of Eduard Tubin. He has also recorded the complete works of Leevi Madetoja and discs of Swedish and Estonian contemporary music. For Canary Classics he has recorded Ross Edwards concerto Maninyas, and the Sibelius Concerto with violinist Adele Anthony, which has received wide acclaim.
Arvo Volmer is a graduate of the renowned St. Petersburg Conservatoire's conducting class, and in 1989 went on to win the Nikolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen.