LPO–0078
© 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2014 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 22 September 2010 (Six Maeterlinck Songs) and 26 September 2012 (A Florentine Tragedy).
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Andrew Lang, K&A Productions
Publisher: Universal Edition AG
Total playing time 74:12
Sung in German
Booklet text in English
DDD Stereo
Released July 2014

CD: Jurowski conducts Zemlinsky

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Zemlinsky A Florentine Tragedy:

Heike Wessels mezzo soprano (Bianca)
Sergey Skorokhodov tenor (Guido Bardi)
Albert Dohmen baritone (Simone)

Zemlinsky Six Maeterlinck Songs:

Petra Lang mezzo soprano

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

 

Entranced and inspired by Oscar Wilde’s dark, death-ridden play, Alexander Zemlinsky conjured up his most colourful orchestral canvas in the one-act opera A Florentine Tragedy. Set in 16th-century Florence, the opera tells of jealousy, betrayal and ultimately murder. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra provide a rich and lavish backdrop for this gripping tale of passion and revenge, which is followed by Zemlinsky’s haunting, sensuous Six Maeterlinck Songs.

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Reviews

'A blistering performance from the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski – decadent in all senses of the word, this one-act depiction of a love-triangle with a twist is powerful, intoxicating stuff and packs a real punch ... The performance is terrific – the LPO draw out all of the score’s terrible beauty, and Jurowski’s pacing really turns the dramatic screw.'
Presto News, 23 June 2014

'[Jurowski's] thoughtful yet intense conducting is matched by playing of exquisite if sinister detail from the London Philharmonic ... The recording is as sumptuously clear as one could wish.' (CD of the Week)
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 9 July 2014

‘Zemlinsky colours, punctuates and informs the drama with orchestral material and Jurowski and the LPO certainly make this count. The orchestra is on terrific form, really bringing Zeminsky's rich sound world and Secessionist harmonies to life … This is a fascinating disc with a pair of highly dramatic and still neglected works. Whatever you think about the ultimate worth of Zemlinsky's music, these performances cry out to be listened to.’
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 16 July 2014

‘Jurowski’s performance makes a thrilling appeal to the imagination, abetted by visceral contributions from the three soloists.’ (4 stars)
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 19 July 2014

‘Jurowski demonstrates a masterly control of dramatic pace, ratcheting up the tension slowly but surely so that the final denouement reaches a devastating climax. The LPO proves superbly responsive to Jurowski’s demands.' (5 stars)
Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

‘Vladimir Jurowski and the LPO capture both its passion and its restraint well. It’s a reading of remarkable orchestral clarity and lucidity.’
Hugo Shirley, Gramophone, September 2014

‘Jurowski brings fluidity and forward momentum to his conducting … The London Philharmonic plays wonderfully for him in the Royal Festival Hall performance.’
George Hall, Opera Magazine, October 2014

'Jurowski conducts with a sure sense of cumulative momentum, drawing playing from the LPO that pointedly underlines the music's pivoting between Romanticism and modernity.'
Richard Whitehouse, International Record Review, October 2014

'The orchestra revel in the heady late-Romantic textures, and the sound is recorded very well so as to give the lush textures space to breathe. It wallows without becoming too indulgent, and the treading of that fine line is thanks to Vladimir Jurowski's sympathy with and understanding of the score.'
MusicWeb International, March 2015

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