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Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, on 11 December 2019.
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Total playing time: 58:43
Released: 25 September 2020

CD: Jurowski conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 11

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905)

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader

The spirit of revolution is infused into the fabric of Shostakovich's 11th Symphony, from its opening notes to its final closing breaths. Completed in 1957, it remembers the failed uprising of 1905, which sent shockwaves through Russian society that were to span decades. Its timing hints, too, at Hungary's anti-Soviet rebellion of 1956. Through his powerful and at times unsettling music, Shostakovich celebrates the revolutionary spirit and offers a cautionary tale about the dangers of complete power. The London Philharmonic Orchestra harnesses the dark energy of Shostakovich's writing in this live performance under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

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'Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in an intensely communicative performance ... The LPO's playing is spine-tingling just when it needs to be, from the eerie opening to the sound of the tocsin in the finale, the tolling bell that Shostakovich uses to warn of the future. Vladimir Jurowski's live Shostakovich recordings for the LPO label have always been estimable, but this feels like a special performance; the dark power of Shostakovich's most cinematic score was fully explored. It must have been overwhelming in the hall if it's this good in the recording.'
Record of the Week, BBC Radio 3 Record Review, 3 October 2020