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Mahler: Symphony No.2 [CD]

Vladimir Jurowski Audio CD
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Born in Moscow, and son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he relocated with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at High Schools of Music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. ... Read more in Amazon's Vladimir Jurowski Store

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  • Conductor: Jurowski
  • Composer: Mahler
  • Audio CD (26 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lpo
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Allegro Maestoso
Disc: 2
1. Andante Moderato
2. Scherzo
3. Urlicht
4. Finale

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This epic journey from dark to light is hardly short of recordings, but this live one can hold its head up high. The soloists are superb, and the LPO plays beautifully for Jurowski, who shows a total mastery of pacing. The huge narrative of the finale can easily sag, but here it leads unerringly to the magical choral entry.**** --Daily Telegraph,23/06/11

A performance of revelations,big and small,and easily the most illumanating to have appeared on disc in a very long time.Jurowski wipes the floor with the recent Rattle and Jansons accounts and is probably now the prime recommendation,the"library choice",that has for so long eluded us.And I include the excelent Ivan Fischer account on Channel Classics in that assesment.I was present at the this Live performance,what wa a momentous evening at the Royal festival Hall in september 2009 but wondered how it would translate to disc in the cool light of day.So often musical occasions writ large in one's memory achieve optimum impact only in the moment of performance and pale on reproduction and repetition. Not so,this Resurrection. You may think you know how Mahler's Second Symphony goes.Think again. EDITORS CHOICE. RECORDING OF THE MONTH. --Gramophone,Aug'11

It scores over the recent Simon Rattle interpretation with focused fire and brimstone.This performance is as engaging as it gets. Performance***** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11

Jurowski is always compelling,and this concert performance is recorded in decent live sound. --IRR,July/Aug'11

Critics' Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11

Product Description

Adriana Kucerova, soprano - Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano - London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir - Vladimir Jurowski, direction

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forced to give it 5! 1 July 2011
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When I was at Music College our top London orchestra was the LPO, it always seemed to have more fire in its belly. But that was 25 years ago! More recently it saw a bit of a lull in fortunes but now everyone is saying "Jurowski this" and "Jurowski that". How I didn't want to be taken in by the hype! How I wanted to see through it and review this live concert recording as just another mediocre version. But try as I might, the truth is the truth, and the truth is that this is one of the few versions that really are as good as folk say they are. Only this and Boulez with VPO have caused me to be late to meetings because I just HAD to hear them through to the end.

Recording quality is faultless, just the right balance in the new RFH acoustics. You will only realise it is a live recording once or twice when large guy in front row coughs, oh and at the end as (probably the same) large guy bellows 'Bravo".

Performance is sublime, in any dynamic, or any tempo there is total control from every part of the orchestra. A full clear, sensitive sound that shines and sparkles only when needed.

Jurowski takes Mahler at his word and plays the tempi, the rubato, the dynamics as the piece speaks to him. If you have heard lots of 2's you will know that some conductors turn the piece into a caricature. This interpretation shows them up as wearing the Emperor's New Clothes. Here the music speaks for itself and you end up realising that just as a symphonic work it actually MEANS something again. I suspect it means what Mahler meant because it is all so natural and obvious, but regardless of Mahlerian authenticity you will feel better for hearing it and worse if you ignore my zealous comments and don't!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure Has No Price 21 April 2012
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A superb recording of Mahlers 2nd symphony. All the qualities that make this symphony so special are captured here on this excellent live recording (thats how i hear it anyway!). The world class LPO and choir sound 1st rate and listening to this cd is magical and uplifting. Don't hesitate in buying this cd like i did, pleasure has no price so buy it, listen, hear, feel and enjoy the master that is Mahler - if you decide to buy this i hope it gives you as much audio pleasure as it has to me. Recommended
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the class 23 July 2011
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What a pity the star rating is pulled down by one bizarre is certainly not a review. We are all entitled to our opinions; but wrongheaded ones need to be challenged.

I very much agree with the highly favourable comments of all of the reviewers.

I know this best of all Mahler's symphonies and yet, it felt fresh and often raised goosebumps. There is a great deal of almost gossamer delicacy and elbow room without a moment of dragging. Overall the timing means it has to go onto two discs. But mere timings can be deceptive.

I love the rubato and the portamanto, neither of which sound like indulgences. The big moments are not underplayed. It feels organic rather than containing hysterical gear changes.

The orchestra sound is terrific and the recording is close in without undue highlighting of individual players.

The landler in the second movement is delicate rather than rustic. The dialogue of plucked strings quite playful. The third movement points and lifts the rhythms and the momentry drama towards the end of the movement comes through and makes its mark and the last two minutes shift like a mirage from playful to forboding.

I could go on. But really, I feel this is worth getting hold of, even if like me you thought you really did not need yet another Mahler 2. By the way, the soloists and choir are first rate.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 5 Jun 2014
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This is a glorious performance of the Resurrection symphony, one of the best performances that I have heard in recent years. It is a live recording and I am sure those who were lucky enough to be in the Royal Festival Hall that evening had an unforgettable musical experience. Tempos are just right, phrasing beyond reproach, the soloists and the choir excellent, the orchestral playing magnificent. Vladimir Jurowski has made some excellent recordings with the London Philharmonic and this rendition of Mahler 2 probably tops the list. Well, is it the best available recording? Probably not. There are some other great recordings of this monumental work in the catalogue which are just as good, if not better. Take for instance Abbado's recording with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra or Klaus Tennstedt's legendary recording with the London Philharmonic or Ivan Fischer's award winning recording with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Even if you have those recordings however, don't hesitate to add Jurowski's version to your collection. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't you die without Mahler 21 Feb 2013
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One of the best recordings of this problematic work. You either love Mahler or hate him and personally I can't get enough of this rich music. The Phil does a great job here of getting the last ounce out of this work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mahler equalised 26 July 2012
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This is a fine performance and interpretation, although hardly definitive. Jurowski does like to pull things about quite a bit rhymically, although to no profoundly effect spiritually. But everyone should be warned: the signal has been equalised, so that all the very soft passages are mezzo-forte and all the fortissimo passages mezzo-forte too, although intensely so. The sound will be OK on medium-quality equipment but it really fails on a very high-quality sound system -- it just never gets loud at the climaxes. And the boxy Royal Festival Hall acoustic robs all the offstage passages of a sense of celestial distance, which is what Mahler wanted. They sound muted, as though they are coming from the changing rooms, which they were (I was at the RFH concert, of which this is the recording).

Bruno Walter is hors concours, as is Klemperer, for they both heard Mahler conduct the work and helped him by directing the offstage band. For a more modern recording, Chailly and the Concertgebouw has the best celestial offstage sound, which is quite something. But who wants 'definitive"? There's no such thing, and anyway each performance should be a revelation, not an attempt to improve upon its predecessors.
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