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Asbury Park PressSun., Nov. 20, 1983 G5 Music Estonian conductor finds America offers numerous choices By WILLIAM CONROY Press Staff Writer IN THE MIDDLE of his life, Neeme Jarvi changed it. The Estonian conductor, who now lives in Rumson, had a relatively secure and successful existence in the Soviet Union, but in 1980, when he was 43, Jarvi (pronounced Yar-vee) and his family emigrated to the United States and settled here. He does not regret it. "I like very much to be free," Jarvi said the other day, after returning home from an American tour with the Swedish National Orchestra of Gothenburg. Judging by the reviews, the 18-city tour with the Gothenburg orchestra was a series of triumphs, from the first night at Carnegie Hall to the last concert in Chicago. THE PERFORMANCE of works by Sibelius, Alfven and Mahler prompted New York Times critic Donald Hena-han to say: "It is easy to forget, during the recess between music seasons, just how glorious a sound can be produced in Carnegie hall by a good symphony orchestra .... Last night's visitor to Carnegie, the Swedish National Orchestra of Gothenburg, took full advantage of the hall's ability to absorb great fortissimo outbursts and brassy climaxes without giving pain to the defenseless ear. The orchestra . . . showed its mettle in an alertly played program under the baton of Neeme Jarvi." The Gothenburg was Jarvi's first job after he left the Soviet Union, and is under contract as principal conductor through 1985. Also, he is principal guest conductor of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, England. Beginning next year, he will be principal conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra. JARVI ALSO has many recording, guest conducting and opera conducting commitments. Jarvi intends to get his U.S. citizenship. He has five more years to wait. But as a conductor, he will always be, in some sense, a citizen of the world. How many months of the year is he on the road? "Ask me that question," said his wife Liilian, who had been listening quietly until then. The answer, she said with rueful smile, is 10 months of the year. And the two months at home come in doses of a few days at a time, perhaps two weeks consecutively at the most. "It takes a lot of energy, both sides, physical and mental," Jarvi said. Life is simpler here than in the Soviet Union, Jarvi said, because there are fewer choices. Russ De San tis Asbury Park Press Orchestra conductor Neeme Jarvi shows son Kristjan, 11, some pointers as the two play around at their Rumson home. "HERE, EVERYTHING is possible to buy," he said. "A person must decide what he can afford. There are other differences, of course. Jarvi makes more money now. "But the money goes away very quickly, also," Jarvi said. "Here, it's lots of taxes." Jarvi describes his style as a conductor as emotional and romantic. "You have to prepare an orchestra very close to a composition," he said, "but every time, you must have have your feelings, or else it's dead music. If you're just going to play like it's written, it's very uninteresting." Jarvi, who has conducted since he was 18, becomes more animated as he discusses music, and his energy and enthusiasm is almost palpable. One consolation to being away from his native land on the Baltic Sea is that wherever he appears in Canada, Sweden or the United States, Estonians come to see him. Jarvi would like a permanent post as conductor with an orchestra in the United States so he could spend more time with his family. Rock 'n' roll history repeats this week Speakers have been hit by inflation By RICH WARREN Chicago Sun-Times IF YOU'RE LOOKING for a $100 loudspeaker, you have about 100 choices. Perhaps a dozen of them are good choices. The Infinity RS9 is one of these. The RS9 isn't one of those speakers you go out and rave about; it merely delivers good sound inexpensively. That's in comparison to the Infinity IRS, which reproduces truly great sound for big money: $30,000 a pair, to be precise. Speakers unlike other audio products have been hit by inflation. Infinity's first small speaker, the Qe, incorporated the company's famous EMIT tweeter and was finished in genuine oak veneer for about the same price as the current RS9. The Stereo RS9 uses a dome tweeter and is wrapped in vinyl. Virtually all other speakers in this class share these features. Infinity doesn't use just any dome tweeter. It uses a custom-designed "Poly-cell" polypropylene cellular tweeter. This assures a stiff, uniform radiating surface for lowest distortion and widest dispersion. The 6.5-inch woofer also is one of Infinity's unique polypropylene designs. It's one of the few speakers that allows you to see right through the woofer cone. This form of plastic provides an excellent combination of stiffness and mass. The construction quality of the RS9 is flawless. There's no dripped glue or carelessly tightened screws. Even the imitation-oak vinyl wrap of the enclosure is deceiving: It looks like veneer. These speakers can tend to sound thin unless you place them against a wall. On stands in the middle of a room they are bass shy. Part of this perception may be the cleanliness of the sound. There's ample definition, a boon to those with less-than-perfect phono cartridges. Imaging (the illusion of depth and proper placement of voices and instruments) is quite good. Voices come through loud and clear, although a little less full than might be appreciated. The RS9 is fairly efficient for a sealed enclosure speaker. A great strength is that it provides ample volume from inexpensive, low-powered receivers. It holds its own at loud volumes while playing Compact Discs. An external fuse protects the tweeter, but it seems impossible to melt it with a hundred clean watts. Infinity sells one of those rare audio products actually made in the United States. The Infinity RS9 carries a suggested selling price of $109 each, but as with most speakers, a smart shopper can find substantial discounts, making these 18-by-12-by-10-inch bookshelf speakers even more desirable. Rich Warren's Stereo column appears Sunday. DOES ROCK Y roll history repeat itself? It was nearly one year ago this week our Number 1 artist saw his first solo record jump into the top spot. It stayed there for two weeks straight. That also happens to be exactly how long his current chart-topping smash has been at Number 1. The hit thai established Lionel Richie as a solo artist on our survey last year was "Truly." Now, Richie's in the top spot with "All Night Long." At Number 2 and Number 3 on our Top 10 are two of the hottest superstar duets to hit the charts in a long time. At Number 2 are Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. "Islands in the Stream" is in its second week in this spot. Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson make up our second star-studded team this week. Last week "Say Say Say" debuted on our survey at Number 10. This time around, McCartney and Jackson rocketed to Number 3. Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" is up to Number 4 this week. Joel's also celebrating his second week on the survey. "Uptown Girl" jumped on just last week at Number 7. In our Number 5 position this week is Prince. "Delirious" is the third hit single to come from Prince's most recent release. That two record set was of course "1999." The title track was the first single released. Then came "Little Red Corvette." This week, "Delirious" dropped a notch from last week's Number 4 spot on our survey. , The Motels continue their climb up our Top 10. But lead singer Martha Davis entered the hospital for "minor surgery" last month. She's been recuperating at home. The Motels plan to pick up where they left off and continue theirconcert tour next month. The Motels' "Suddenly Last Summer" is at Number 6 this week. On last week's survey, the group was at Number 8. Bonnie Tyler's former Number 1 smash fell back to Number 7 on our survey this week. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" sat at Number 1 for five weeks in a row. That was before Richie and "All Night Long" came along two weeks ago. Our lone new entry on the survey this week comes from a lady who's been called one of the reigning queens of rock. "Love Is a Battlefield" is the latest from Pat Benatar. Miss Benatar debuts at Number 8 this week. To make room for her, we had to drop Sheena Easton's single this week. "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" never got higher than Number 9. The record spent three weeks on our Top 10. A former Top five record from The Fixx finds its way to Number 9 this week. Dick Clark "One Thing Leads to Anolher" dropped four places this time around. Finally, at Number 10, we've got a hit that once sat in our Number 3 position. "True" is Spandau Ballet's first American smash. It dropped four places this week. Last week, it was at Number 6. ROCK, ROLL AND REMEMBER In 1962, the Number 1 record in the nation was just gearing up for what would be a five week run in the top spot. Do you remember "Big Girls Don't Cry"? That-classic tune came from the Four Seasons. In 1972, the biggest hit in the country " was in the middle of a four week stay at Number 1. "I Can See Clearly Now" re-; mains Johnny Nash's one and only Number 1 record. ; ; One year ago this week, Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes were enjoying the final days of their three week reign at the top of the charts. "Up Where We belong" was about to be replaced by Lionel Richie's "Truly." 1 1. ALL NIGHT LONG (LIONEL RICHIE) 2. ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (KENNY ROGERS WITH DOLLY PARTON) 3. SAY SAY SAY (PAUL MCCARTNEY AND MICHAEL JACKSON) 4. UPTOWN GIRL (BILLY JOEL) '. ' 5. DELIRIOUS (PRINCE) 6. SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (THE MOTELS) 7. TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART (BONNIE TYLER) 8. LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD (PAT BENATAR) 9. ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER (THE FIXX) 10. TRUE (SPANDAU BALLET). Dick Clark's syndicated column appears Sundays and Mondays. Movies' giant squid finally seen alive The Associated Press BERGEN, Norway The giant squid villain of many a movie has finally been seen alive. One was captured recently, alive but dying, in a small bay near here. Hooked by a fisherman, the squid had tentacles 24 feet long and weighed 485 pounds. The creature has never been seen in its native habitat. Its existence is known through dead speci- mens. demons to play Capitol with Red Bank Rockers PASSAIC Saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his band, the Red Bank Rockers, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 326 Monroe St. Also appearing will be guitarist Nils Lofgren and the group Silver Condor. Clemons, a Sea Bright resident and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, released his first solo album, "Rescue," early in the month. The record features "A Woman's Got the Power," a song first recorded by the A's, "Resurrection Shuffle," previously recorded by Tom Jones, and "Savin' Up," a new Springsteen composition. Clemons collaborated with producer Ralph Shuckett and recording artist Desmond Child, among others, to write the remaining material. His songs include "Heartache No. 99," "Money to the Rescue" and "A Man in Love." The Red Bank Rockers began a month-long tour Nov. 15 in Cleveland. It will on-clude Dec. 14 at the Ritz, New York. In addition to Clemons, the group features vocalist John "J.T." Bowen, who has I 3r .j CLARENCE CLEMONS Just released solo album been a friend of Clemons' for more than 20 years, guitarist David Landau, keyboard player Lloyd Landesman, bass player Hugh MacDonald, drummer Wells Kelly and saxophone-keyboard player Dennis Amoruso. Clemons formed the group at his defunct Red Bank nightclub, Big Man's West. Tickets for Clemons' performance at the Capitol are $10.50 and $11.50. 400 Stars' sets sequel LOS ANGELES - The entertainment world has seen "The Godfather II" and "Jaws LT.," so why not "Night of 100 Stars, Part 2"? Broadway producer Alexander Cohen announced recently that he will stage another star-filled gala at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 14, 1985, for ABC. The first "Night of 100 Stars" produced far more than 100, the celebrities turning out en masse because the event benefitted the Actors Fund of America. If You Like "FAME" Then You'll Love A TEENAGE MUSICAL WITH SONGS AND DANCES FROM FAME FIASHDANCE STAYIN ALIVE DREAMGIM $5, $3 Students, Senior CiliiW SUN, NOV. 20 - 3 P.M. Freehold Twp. H.S. 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