Saturday, March 19, 2011

3/19 Jurowski on Beethoven's 4th and 7th Symphonies

I first heard Vladimir Jurowski at a BBC Proms concert broadcast where he conducted, among others, Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Dialoge".  This piece is as contemporary as it gets, very complex and very dense - so I naturally pigeon-holed him as a contemporary classical specialist, especially after Jurowski named Zimmermann as the most important 20th Century composer.  That was clearly my own ignorance since I've since found out that he's the Principal Guest Conductor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who specialize in historically-informed baroque and classical period works...

Sometimes I wonder how well contemporary music advocates do with Beethoven's music and usually I'm disappointed ("cough" boulez "cough" ardittiquartet) but Jurowski brings a youthful excitement and vigor to the proceedings which truly amazes me.  His Coriolan Overture is exciting as hell and today he does the 4th and 7th Symphonies with the OAE...

(81 min)
Symphony 4 (Parts 1-5)
Symphony 7 (Parts 6-10)
Bonus Interview about Mahler arrangements
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