Monday, February 6, 2017

Jurowski,Vladimir Michailovich. (1915-1972) Orchestral Works.

From my collection.
Bought in January 2017.
First listen: 6-2-2017.
Second listen: 24-2-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: August 2013.
Recording venue: Konzerthaus Norrköping.
Recording engineer: Stephan Reh.
Running time: 73:46.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 5 opus 79.
Russian painters, Symphonic Pictures for full orchestra.
1) Above the Eternal Calm, by Levitan.
2) Ivan Tsarevich, Riding the Grey Wolf, by Wasnezow.
3) Portrait of an Unknown woman, by Kramskoj.
4) Morning of the Streltsy's  execution by Surikow.
5) A Winter scene by Korowin.
6) Alenushka by Wasnezow.
7) Maslenitsa by Kustodiew.

Performed by:
Norrköping SO, Michail Jurowski.

This CD came as a surprise. Never heard of this composer before to start with, secondly being surprised by the high quality of this music, and thirdly it being performed by family.  The music is tonal, a bit stretched at times, but not so much that the harmonious flow is interrupted. Fine melodies abound and many musical surprise on the way. He was influenced by composers of his time, a little bit by all of them. Khachaturian comes to mind, Shostakovich too, Kabalevsky and also surprisingly Boris Tchaikovsky, and even a bit of Myaskovsky which was Jurowski's teacher no less. Out of this Jurowski brewed his own style, a very individual style. One that is original and highly creative. You might think that after Shostakovich all that comes, during or after is waste land or the work of copycats, but in this case he deserves a center place. This is music that will surprise and delight, in which you'll find no boring moments, but huge amounts of musical innovation. The recording is State of the Art as is the performance. Highly recommended.




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