CD reviews – Jurowski conducts Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 6 & 14

In October we released a a disc of Shostakovich’s Symphonies Nos. 6 & 14 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and featuring soloists Tatiana Monogarova (soprano) and Sergei Leiferkus (baritone). The disc has been nominated for the 2015 International Classical Music Awards in the Symphonic Music category.

Here are the press reviews ...

'What a scintillating account it is with Jurowski and the LPO using the live concert adrenaline to bring thrilling edge and excitement to the sound ... No wonder the LPO has just extended Jurowski’s contract with them.'
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 CD Review, 4 October 2014 (not online)

‘This is by far the most stunning Shostakovich disc I have heard this year’. (5 stars)
Recording of the Month, Daniel Jaffé, BBC Music Magazine, November 2014 (not online)

‘The concentration that Vladimir Jurowski brings to Shostakovich means that the intensity never drops for a moment, either in the Symphony No. 6’s ride to manic elation, or the unwavering gaze into the abyss that is the Symphony No. 14.’ (4 stars)
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 24 October 2014

‘The conductor grew up steeped in the music of the Shostakovich, his grandfather being a personal friend of the composer. It is a connection that radiates from these exceptional performances.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo, 25 September 2014

‘Tatiana Monogarova is splendid, applying 21st-century poise and discipline to the timbre and attitude of the old-style Russian dramatic soprano. Not since Galina Vishnevskaya have I heard quite such committed singing in this extraordinary music … Strongly recommended.’
David Gutman, Gramophone, November 2014

‘Jurowski keeps things flowing [in the Sixth], and is aided by some fine woodwind playing, most notably the haunting cor anglais solo. Jurowski also draws bold brass playing.’
Mark Pullinger, International Record Review, December 2014 (not online)

‘Tremendous playing here making this one of the best recordings of the work [Symphony No. 6] in many years … All in all this is a magnificent pair of performances.’
Paul E. Robinson, Musical Toronto, 1 December 2014

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The CD is priced £9.99 and is available from the LPO websiteAmazon or as a download from iTunes.

LPO-0080, released October 2014.

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