CD reviews: Vladimir Jurowski conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

June 19, 2013

LPO-0070 Mahler 1 cover webOur latest LPO Label CD release, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 under Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has received some great reviews in the press.

‘The LPO’s playing is classy, crystal-clear, and vividly characterised, with a fiery contribution from the seven-strong horn section … The first movement’s gear-shifts between the recurring, ultra-still music of the opening and the main Allegro material are notoriously tricky to bring off; Jurowski handles them beautifully, conjuring pin-dropping atmosphere in the quiet moments.’
Malcolm Hayes, Sinfini Music

‘Everything about the dewy dawn of this Mahler One is perfect: the well-articulated and perfectly placed distant trumpet fanfares, spirited false cuckoo-calls … The point and spirit of the finale are dazzling, the tempo changes masterly throughout.’
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, July 2013 (not online)

‘The LPO strings are on fire in the opening of the finale, and has the second theme ever felt so naturally, honestly phrased? … If ever there was a case for wanting the roar of applause, this is it.’
Edward Seckerson, Gramophone, June 2013 (not online)

‘Jurowski’s vivid reading … announces its intentions early on with the clarinet’s startlingly physical cuckoo call, and is exceptionally faithful to the Berliozian separation of timbres that was Mahler’s response to the blended textures of Austro-German music.’
David Cairns, The Sunday Times, 2 June 2013 (not online)

The CD is priced £9.99 and is available from the LPO website, Amazon or as a download from iTunes.
LPO-0070, released May 2012

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LPO Label Brahms Symphony No. 2 chosen by BBC Radio 3′s ‘Building a Library’

June 3, 2013

LPO-0043-Brahms1-2Our recording of Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 with Vladimir Jurowski on the LPO’s own label (LPO-0043) was chosen as the recommended recording of the work by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ programme on Saturday 1 June.

Presenter Stephen Johnson described the performance as ‘superbly conceived as a whole, emotionally coherent and compelling, and with a lively awareness of the many, often overlooked, complexities of this seemingly easygoing symphony.  The ending is roof-raising, and I’m glad that they left the applause in … after the invigorating coda, I feel like joining in.’

Listen to the whole programme again here until Friday 7 June (begins at 32:30; LPO featured from 53:10).

The double CD also includes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. Visit our online shop for more details, to listen to soundclips or to buy online for £10.99.

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Praise for Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 on the LPO Label

December 11, 2012

LPO-0064 Tchaikovsky coverOur September 2012 release on the LPO Label, Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (LPO-0064), has been receiving lots of great attention in the press recently.

The Sunday Times chose the CD as one of its Albums of the Year in a roundup published on 9 December, in which they wrote: ‘Jurowski is in his element, taking the London Philharmonic players on an emotional rollercoaster ride.’ It had previously been chosen as CD of the Week on 23 September, with Hugh Canning writing: ‘Tchaikovsky’s genius – and his inner turbulence – are revealed with devastating impact.’

Gramophone magazine also chose the CD as its December Disc of the Month, as well as one of their all-time recommended recordings of Tchaikovsky symphonies. They wrote:

‘Both these performances exemplify what makes Jurowski’s approach to Tchaikovsky so special … The playing throughout this movement (and indeed throughout both these performances) is marked by a oneness with Jurowski’s vision and, it goes without saying, a now well-established empathy between the players of the London Philharmonic and their principal conductor.’
Read the full review

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
£10.99 (2 CDs)
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011
LPO-0064
Listen to soundclips and buy the CD online here.
It’s also available to download from iTunes.

All LPO Label recordings available from www.lpo.org.uk/shop, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office (020 7840 4242, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm), all good CD outlets, and the Royal Festival Hall shop.


CD reviews: Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (Vladimir Jurowski)

September 24, 2012

‘[Jurowski’s] Fourth is distinguished by intelligent phrasing in the two outer movements and a sense of the symphony’s unstoppable drive, while the Fifth has a lithe pulse and, in the Andante cantabile, exquisite taste.’
Andrew Clark, Financial Times

‘An emotional rollercoaster ride, with Jurowski drawing huge sonorities from the LPO strings, and the woodwind solos poignantly phrased. Tchaikovsky’s genius – and his inner turbulence – are revealed with devastating impact.’
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times (CD of the Week, 23 Sep 2012)

Buy the CD from the LPO website (£10.99 incl P&P – 2 CDs)
Download the tracks from iTunes


New LPO Label Tchaikovsky CD: Classic FM Album of the Week

September 3, 2012

Our latest LPO Label release, Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 with conductor Vladimir Jurowski, has been chosen as Album of the Week by Classic FM. Presenter John Suchet will be playing movements from the disc on his show at 10.15am each morning this week. Here’s what Classic FM had to say about the CD:

‘From the intensity of the first movement, to the melancholic second, and the redemption of the triumphant finale, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski capture the emotions running deep within the music … It’s an emotional rollercoaster through the depths of despair to a form of musical redemption, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra expertly guiding us through.’
Read the full review

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Tchaikovsky Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
£10.99 (2 CDs)
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 March and 4 May 2011
LPO-0064
More details, listen to soundclips and buy now

All LPO Label recordings available from www.lpo.org.uk/shop, the London Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office (020 7840 4242, Monday–Friday 10am–5pm), all good CD outlets, and the Royal Festival Hall shop.

Downloads available from iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and classicsonline.com.
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CD reviews: Honegger Symphony No. 4, Pastorale d’été, Cantate de Noël

November 21, 2011

Review of the recent CD release of Honegger’s Symphony No. 4, Pastorale d’été and Cantate de Noël, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski on the LPO label (LPO-0058):

All three works on this unexpectedly satisfying CD communicate a joie de vivre without ever sounding lightweight. The jaunty Symphony No 4 is performed with the wit and subtlety it deserves, bringing out the song-like character of its three movements. Pastorale d’été is a dreamy orchestral summerscape, Une Cantate de Noël a radiant choral celebration of the human and the divine.
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 21 November 2011

The often complex lines are clearly differentiated, and the extraordinary contrapuntal feat in the finale of five simultaneous tunes comes off splendidly.
Roger Nichols, Gramophone, December 2011

[The Fourth Symphony]  is full of charm and tactile invention, vividly realised in this live recording.
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 30 October 2011

Vladimir Jurowski secures a committed response from the choruses and his own dedication to the score is palpable. He is also a sympathetic conductor of the tone poem and symphony here … An engrossing and uplifting experience, the final climax transcendental: music that is not just for Christmas and superbly presented here!
Colin Anderson, Hi-Fi Critic, December 2011

Christopher Maltman … leads the prayers and carols of the Cantata, its complex choral counterpoint finely negotiated by the London Philharmonic and New London Children’s Choirs.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 10 November 2011

More information and to buy the CD – £9.99 incl P&P direct from the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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CD review: Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra

November 1, 2011

Reviews of the recent CD release of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 and Pohjola’s Daughter and Lutoslawki’s Concerto for Orchestra conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste on the LPO label (LPO-0057):

This has to be one of the best recordings around of Sibelius’s Fifth. And Lutoslawski’s Concerto can never have been more brilliantly played.
Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM, December 2011

This performance is truly excellent, full of natural understanding … The result is a performance overall which true Sibelian will want to hear – and to applaud … Lutoslawski’s brilliantly beguiling Concerto for Orchestra is wonderfully well played – a performance of great concentration, energy and sensitivity. A most successful disc.
Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review, October 2011

Saraste is in his element here, clarifying the composer’s bejewelled textural mosaics while driving forwards and generally inspiring the players to give of their very best.
David Gutman, Gramophone, December 2011

More information and to buy the CD – £9.99 incl P&P direct from the London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Gramophone Awards 2011: the opera shortlist

October 5, 2011

Update: 7 October 2011.  This recording was the overall winner in the opera category of the 2011 Gramophone Awards.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording with Opera Rara of Rossini’s Ermione (conductor David Parry) has been shortlisted in the opera category for the 2011 Gramophone Awards.

Full details and review of the recording

The winner will be announced on Thursday 6 October.

View the complete shortlist

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CD review: Dvorak with Mackerras

August 2, 2011

Recently released on the LPO Label is an all-Dvorak tribute to conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, who died in 2010.

Reviewed in The Sunday Times by David Cairns
(whole review available online only to subscribers)

“This recording shows Mackerras at the height of his powers. It is a joy from beginning to end”

Reviewed in Gramophone Magazine (September 2011) by Rob Cowan.

“This is probably the best Mackerras version of [the Symphonic Variations] that we have”

LPO-0055

£9.99

listen to excerpts

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Radio 3: Summer CD Review

July 25, 2011

Two recent releases on the LPO Label were featured by Andrew McGregor on Radio 3′s Summer CD Review on 23 July, with extended excerpts played.

You can listen online via BBC iplayer until 29 July. 
View playlist and listen (Radio 3 website)

Programme timing: 15:00 – 35.40
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 (Martin Helmchen/ Vladimir Jurowski)
(complete)
“clear-eyed approach to the slow movement…with tenderness and romance”

Programme timing: 1:35:00 – 1:54.40
Mahler Symphony No.2 (Vladimir Jurowski/Christianne Stotijn)
(scherzo, ‘Urlicht’,  Finale (partial))
“a thrilling performance, intelligently paced”

 

CD Details
SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975) 
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Quintet

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Martin Helmchen piano
Paul Beniston trumpet
Pieter Schoeman violin
Vesselin Gellev violin
Alexander Zemtsov viola
Kristina Blaumane cello
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

LPO-0053
£9.99
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MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No.2 “Resurrection”

VLADIMIR JUROWSKI conductor
ADRIANA KUCEROVÁ soprano
CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN mezzo soprano
LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and CHOIR
Pieter Schoeman leader

LPO-0054
£10.99 (2 CDs)
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