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Britten: Double Concerto, Bridge Variations / Jurowski


Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 37   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander ZemtsovPieter SchoemanSally Matthews
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the dedicated Britten fan, this disc by Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be compulsory listening. It contains only the second recording of the English modernist's Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, a work the 18-year-old composer wrote under the influence of Walton's Viola Concerto but one he never scored and never sought to have performed. Completed by Colin Matthews, the Double Concerto's 1998 recording with soloists Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet with Kent Nagano leading the Hallé has much to recommend it, particularly the brilliance of the two soloists. But this live 2006 recording likewise has much to recommend it. For one thing, the soloists -- violinist Pieter Schoeman and violist Alexander Read more Zemtsov, the principals of the LPO -- are nearly in the same league as Kremer and Bashmet technically and easily in the same league as interpreters, turning in a Double Concerto of amazing emotional depth and complexity. And for another thing, conductor Jurowski is a more sympathetic Britten conductor than Nagano, and his performance of the youthful work makes it sound more like the composer than Nagano's. Additionally, the disc comes with a lively yet tender performance of the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, plus an eerie but moving performance of Les Illuminations with clear-toned soprano Sally Matthews. Recorded in vibrant live sound, this disc is a significant addition to the Britten discography.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and Viola by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Alexander Zemtsov (Viola), Pieter Schoeman (Violin)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1931 
2.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
3.
Les illuminations, Op. 18 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sally Matthews (Soprano)
Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 

Sound Samples

Double Concerto (edited C. Matthews): I. Allegro ma non troppo
Double Concerto (edited C. Matthews): II. Rhapsody: Poco lento
Double Concerto (edited C. Matthews): III. Allegro scherzando - Tempo primo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Introduction and Theme
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 1: Adagio
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 2: March
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 3: Romance
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 4: Aria Italiana
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 5: Bouree Classique
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 6: Wiener Waltzer
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 7: Moto Perpetuo
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 8: Funeral March
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 9: Chant
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10: Variation 10: Fugue and Finale
Les illuminations, Op. 18: I. Fanfare
Les illuminations, Op. 18: II. Villes
Les illuminations, Op. 18: III. Phrase -
Les illuminations, Op. 18: III. Antique
Les illuminations, Op. 18: IV. Royaute
Les illuminations, Op. 18: V. Marine
Les illuminations, Op. 18: VI. Interlude
Les illuminations, Op. 18: VII. Being Beauteous
Les illuminations, Op. 18: VIII. Parade
Les illuminations, Op. 18: IX. Depart

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