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Wagner, Berg, Mahler / Jurowski, London Philharmonic

Wagner / Berg / Mahler / Lpo / Jurowski
Release Date: 02/26/2008 
Label:  Juxtapositions   Catalog #: 3056808  
Composer:  Richard WagnerAlban BergGustav Mahler
Performer:  David RagusaMarisol MontalvoHedwig FassbenderMichael Hendrick,   ... 
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



WAGNER Parsifal: Prelude; Act III Finale. BERG 3 Pieces. MAHLER Das klagende Lied 1 & Wladimir Jurowski, cond; David Christopher Ragusa (sop); 1 Marisol Montalvo (sop); 1 Hedwig Fassbender (mez); 1 Michael Read more Hendrick (ten); 1 Anthony Michaels-Moore (bar); 1 London PO & Ch JUXTAPOSITIONS 3056808 (2 DVDs: 250:00) Live: London 9/18/2007


& Interview with Jurowski


Two lavishly produced DVDs document brilliant performances by the London PO under the direction of their principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. Adroit camerawork vividly conveys the concert experience, taped last September in London’s Royal Festival Hall. An interesting 50-minute conversation between Jurowski and producer Stephen Wright rounds out the program. The second of the two DVDs is devoted to “conductor camera” shots, allowing the viewer to experience the concert as though sitting in the orchestra.


The Prelude and act III Finale from Parsifal provide a stellar showcase for the orchestra’s superb brass choir. Despite spaciously slow tempos, Jurowski never allows the forward momentum to flag. The formidable demands of Berg’s Three Pieces clearly pose no problems for the London PO, which turns in a polished and deeply affecting performance. Happily, the original 1880 version of Das klagende Lied , including the opening “Waldmärchen” movement later deleted by Mahler, is presented here. I’ve always been partial to this score, despite the histrionics of Mahler’s libretto (forgivable from so precocious a 19-year-old), because all the fingerprints of the mature composer are so readily discernable. The performance is both passionate and beautifully proportioned. The London PO Choir is superb throughout. However, for my tastes, there is a rather large fly in the ointment, stemming not from any weakness of the musicians, but from Mahler’s inexperience at the time he wrote this epic cantata.


These DVDs exhibit state-of-the-art production values and present compelling performances by a virtuoso ensemble and their gifted young conductor.


FANFARE: Patrick Rucker
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Bonus:
- 50-minute interview with Vladimir Jurowski
- Conductor camera.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 258 mins
No. of DVDs: 2
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Works on This Recording

1.
Parsifal: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/19/2007 
Venue:  Southbank Centre, London 
2.
Pieces (3) for Orchestra, Op. 6 by Alban Berg
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915/1929; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/19/2007 
Venue:  Southbank Centre, London 
3.
Das klagende Lied by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  David Ragusa (Boy Soprano), Marisol Montalvo (Soprano), Hedwig Fassbender (Mezzo Soprano),
Michael Hendrick (Tenor), Anthony Michaels-Moore (Baritone)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880/1899; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/19/2007 
Venue:  Southbank Centre, London 

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