LPO–0050
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℗ 2010 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, 5 December 2009
Total playing time: 69:45
DDD Stereo
Released November 2010

CD: Jurowski conducts Vaughan Williams, Bach & Mendelssohn

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Vaughan Williams The First Nowell
J S Bach
Cantata No. 63 (Christen, ätzet diesen Tag)
Mendelssohn Vom Himmel hoch

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Lisa Milne soprano
Ruxandra Donose mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
Christopher Maltman baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

The festival of Christmas is rich in music for worship and for concert performance, much of it rooted in seasonal hymns or traditional melodies. This recording of festive choral music includes one of Bach’s richly scored cantatas and Mendelssohn’s Christmas song Vom Himmel hoch which was inspired by his admiration for the music of Bach. Vaughan Williams’s nativity play The First Nowell incorporates arrangements of many traditional English carols.
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‘Here’s a delightful disc of Christmas music by three major composers … Vladimir Jurowski is a conductor whose repertoire seems to know no bounds and whose imaginative programming is a constant source of pleasure. Here he shows himself a capable Bach conductor, a fiery advocate for a little-known work by Mendelssohn and an imaginative and sensitive interpreter of one of Vaughan Williams’s rarer works … The Vaughan Williams is beautifully done … The soloists are admirable too … What stands out, though, are the big choruses, which are not only rhythmical and transparent but also properly festive and stirring … Warmly recommended.’
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, December 2010

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