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© 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
℗ 2013 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd
Recorded live at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, on 4 December 2010
Producer: Nicholas Parker
Engineer: Mike Hatch, Floating Earth
Publisher: 'Blumine' (Track 2) © Theodore Presser Company, USA/ United Music Publishers Ltd, England
Total playing time: 60:51
DDD Stereo
Released May 2013

CD: Mahler – Symphony No. 1

LPO conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Symphony No. 1 in D major (including 'Blumine')

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler's First Symphony: the opening chapter of his spiritual autobiography. And the music itself seems to awaken – emerging from hushed strings and woodwind cuckoos into its stride, marching forth, stamping towards an eerie realisation of a nursery rhyme and arriving at a final, blazing affirmation of confidence. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this live 2010 concert performance including the Symphony's original second movement, 'Blumine'.

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‘Everything about the dewy dawn of this Mahler One is perfect: the well-articulated and perfectly placed distant trumpet fanfares, spirited false cuckoo-calls … The point and spirit of the finale are dazzling, the tempo changes masterly throughout.’
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, July 2013

‘The LPO’s playing is classy, crystal-clear, and vividly characterised, with a fiery contribution from the seven-strong horn section … The first movement’s gear-shifts between the recurring, ultra-still music of the opening and the main Allegro material are notoriously tricky to bring off; Jurowski handles them beautifully, conjuring pin-dropping atmosphere in the quiet moments.’
Malcolm Hayes, Sinfini Music

‘I have played this recording more than half a dozen times since receiving it and have on each occasion increasingly marvelled at the sheer rightness of Jurowski's judgment regarding colouring, dynamics, texture and tempo. This is an extraordinarily sensitive and nuanced account … I look forward to more of Jurowski's Mahler with the LPO; this recording is a triumph.’
Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International

‘Jurowski ‘hears’ everything but better yet the reasons for everything. His precipitous way with tempo contrasts creates moments of high drama in the outer movements, as does his understanding of Mahler’s very particular orchestration. The LPO strings are on fire in the opening of the finale, and has the second theme ever felt so naturally, honestly phrased? … If ever there was a case for wanting the roar of applause, this is it.’
Edward Seckerson, Gramophone, June 2013

‘Jurowski’s vivid reading … announces its intentions early on with the clarinet’s startlingly physical cuckoo call, and is exceptionally faithful to the Berliozian separation of timbres that was Mahler’s response to the blended textures of Austro-German music.’
David Cairns, The Sunday Times, 2 June 2013

‘A refreshing rendition … An important addition to the discography.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo

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