© 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2005 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
The Isle of the Dead recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 8 December 2004. Symphonic Dances recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall on 29 October 2003
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd
Total playing time 60:17
Released May 2005

CD: Jurowski conducts Rachmaninov

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Sergei Rachmaninov
The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader (The Isle of the Dead)
Boris Garlitsky leader (Symphonic Dances)

These live recordings capture some of the first fruits of Vladimir Jurowski's celebrated relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble through which he has championed the music of Rachmaninov both at the Royal Festival Hall and at Glyndebourne. These accounts of two contrasting but equally gripping orchestral works mirror the freshness and immediacy of the Russian musician's relationship with this great British orchestra.

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'The present accounts find the orchestra in responsive form and can hold their own against most rival versions, not only as performances but as recordings. The sound in both is finely detailed and wide-ranging, the aural perspective lifelike and truthful, and there is striking presence. In these dedicated performances both works cast a powerful spell.'
Robert Layton, BBC Music Magazine, July 2005

‘Jurowski has an innate capacity for exposing the salient features of a score without distorting balance or over-emphasising trivial detail. This is particularly evident in the performance of the 1909 tone-poem The Isle of the Dead, a difficult work to interpret because of its sombre colours. But Jurowski provides plenty of contrast by his judicious choice of tempi.’
The Sunday Telegraph, 29 May 2005

‘The playing is deliciously dank and rich, with surging energy.’
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman, 29 April 2005

‘This disc, drawn from concerts in the Royal Festival Hall in 2003 and 2004, sees them at their most dramatic and focused, in repertoire that Jurowski can call his own. The chill mists of The Isle of the Dead are masterfully evoked, the lugubrious colours of Rachmaninov’s score beautifully shaded. With an incisive performance of the Symphonic Dances and a particularly juicy sound from the lower brass and strings, Jurowsky’s slow-burning Rachmaninov is irresistible.’
The Independent on Sunday, 5 June 2005

‘These LPO performances are both recommendable and will delight anyone wanting a disc from this exciting conductor.’
Gramophone (This disc was Gramophone's chosen recording of both works in their November 2012 survey of Rachmaninov recordings.)

‘Jurowski miraculously goes to the heart of the autumnal spirit of this music and the playing is responsive to all his demands’
Sunday Telegraph, May 2005

‘A richly rewarding disc for any collection’
Daily Express, June 2005

‘Wonderful music, beautifully played’
Scotland on Sunday

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