LPO – 0091
Made in Lithuania
© 2016 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2016 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London on 6 December 2014 (Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Orpheus) and 21 March 2015 (Petrushka)
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Total playing time 74:26
Released September 2016

CD: Stravinsky – Petrushka / Orpheus

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
Petrushka: burlesque in four scenes (1911 version)
Symphonies of Wind Instruments (original 1920 version)
Orpheus: ballet in three scenes

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Pieter Schoeman leader (Petrushka, Orpheus)

Igor Stravinsky was a master of evocative composition, and these three works performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski showcase his incredible versatility of style. The antics of a puppet endowed with life are the central focus of Stravinsky’s colourful large-scale ballet score Petrushka. Nine years after its composition, the death of Claude Debussy inspired Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, channelling the composer’s raw emotion in its memorial chorale that brings the work to a solemn end. Classical elegance and restraint are brought into focus in the ballet Orpheus.

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‘What is incredible about [Jurowski’s] chemistry with the orchestra is that he seems to have got to a place where there’s no small talk, no overstatement - he gets right to the heart of what he is trying to say with these pieces ... this is very careful, very exquisitely balanced playing, it’s as if Jurowski is conducting with his head cocked to one side, he’s listening incredibly astutely’.
Kate Molleson, BBC Radio 3 Record Review, August 2016

‘The critics at the time were rather enthusiastic about the pace and precision of the performance, the glittering brilliance of the playing, and the recording has emerged with chamber-like clarity and a crisp sense of the work’s architecture ... this is an excellent achievement on the LPO’s label’.
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Record Review, September 2016

‘Taken from two RFH concerts, Jurowski’s Stravinsky compilation opens with a vivid, razor-sharp acount of Petrushka (1911), hugely detailed and full of solo contributions of the very highest calibre'.
Classical Music Review, October 2016 (four stars)

‘If there is one quality that unites the three very different faces of Strvinsky on display in this classy set of performances of Petrushka, the Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Orpheus, it is refinement, embodied dually in the relatively restrained mastery of conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the supremely polished playing of the London Phil'.
Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland, November 2016