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Forced to give it 5!
on 1 July 2011
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!