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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
  • ASIN: B004UVCONQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,638 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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The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a long heritage with Mahler's symphonies cemented in a mid-European tradition through Tennstedt s work with the Orchestra in the 1980s and early 1990s. Vladimir Jurowski has waited longer than many other conductors might before tackling Mahler mainly, he says, because to approach this music is to touch on something that is for me extremely precious and personal . Mahler's Second Symphony is a compelling start to Jurowski's documentation of this great composer. His approach fully reveals the dynamic extremes in Mahler and this recording emphsises how much soft scoring there is, such is Jurowski s sensitivity and control. Jurowski differs from Tennstedt in that there is no over emotional self-indulgence, he allows the music to do the talking and his tempos and pacing are faultless.

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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

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Allsopp on 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 By Ali Tigrel on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Hood on 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 By Michael Brook on 23 July 2011
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What a pity the star rating is pulled down by one bizarre comment....it 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 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Lockyer on 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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mahlerian Duck on 8 Oct. 2012
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I have listened to this recording in its entirety twice (Speakers and Headphones). Several sections I have returned to check speeds and editing. As a recording it is not as good as I might have expected. The refurbished RFH seems to have reduced the 'boxiness' once a scourge in this venue, however it failed to impress. In particular the finale lacked the spirituality so important in this work. The Gramophone magazine awarded it a 'rave review' for me this was another example of inflated hype from a once great magazine now a shade of its former self!
I was somewhat puzzled by the many 'speed changes', particualrly in the outer movements. The soloists performed well and chorus and orchestra sang and played their hearts out! But there was something missing from this performance and again I have to conclude that it lacked a spiritual dimension. I am sure the conductor put a great deal of thought and effort into his interpretation. Perhaps I am still in awe of the live Tennstedt and this has introduced bias into my overall impression of the Jurowski interpretation? However listening again to the Tennstedt a couple of days after confirmed my belief that the Tennstedt is the Mahler 2 that will be difficult to surpass in all its many facets.
Having recently listened to an archived recording with Klaus Tennstedt on 'Desert Island Discs' (Ref: Desert Island Discs. BBC Radio archives) enabled me to understand more why he was one of the Great Mahler conductors.
To conclude: let your own ears and feelings be the judge of this recording, and if you have yet to hear the Tennstedt do not hesitate. Despite the interpretation and effort by Jurowski and Co the Tennstedt wins on recording, peformance, spirituality and is most defnitely 'the Mahlerian' experience.
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