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.’
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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
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