CD reviews – Julian Anderson Orchestral Works (Vladimir Jurowski/Ryan Wigglesworth)
'Kaleidoscopic in terms of its colour, exhilarating in its energy and captivating in its lyricism. This excellent performance under Vladimir Jurowski, superbly recorded with optimum impact and clarity, is to be treasured.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 27 October 2013
November 2013's release on the LPO Label is an album of orchestral works by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence, Julian Anderson. Here are the press reviews so far...
'It's the vivid recording of the third work here that makes the biggest impression ... Essentially a five-movement concerto for orchestra, full of spectacular effects, textural sleights of hand and lightning-fast changes of direction, [Fantasias] is Anderson's most vivid, most approachable orchestral work to date.' (4 stars)
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 31 October 2013
'The Crazed Moon is infused with an extraordinary sense of wonder, almost subliminal trumpets giving way to the moan of cellos, before harp, chimes, woodwind and strings delve into turbulent territory.' (4 stars)
Andy Gill, The Independent, 1 November 2013
'There can be no stronger proof of Anderson's emergence as a figure of international stature than these three scores, brilliantly performed by the LPO ... The Crazed Moon and The Discovery of Heaven are among the most vivid soundscapes of the modern orchestral era.' (5 stars)
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 22 November 2013
'This disc of orchestral works provides a superb overview of his fascinating talent, as well as being a testament to the London Philharmonic Orchestra's support for their resident composer. This is intelligent music, which both seduces by its sound and by the rationality of its construction. Highly recommendable indeed.'
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill blog, 26 November 2013
'Three cheers for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's commitment to new music, and many more for this marvellous disc devoted to Julian Anderson's orchestral works ... This is stunning music, played superbly and captured in good sound.' (5 stars)
Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 (not online)
'This might just be the new music you've been waiting for, its wow-factor surface fluency only part of the story. Strongly recommended.'
David Gutman, Gramophone, January 2013
'This sensationally well-played disc is as good an introduction as any to a body of work once bracing, stimulating, and fastidiously inventive.'
Matt Mendez, I Care If You Listen blog, 22 January 2014