KURT MASUR AND LONDON PHILHARMONIC RELEASE FIRST RECORDING TOGETHER
On May 2, the London Philharmonic Orchestra released their first recording under the baton of Principal Conductor Kurt Masur. The recording includes live performances of the First and Fifth Symphonies of Shostakovich, and also marks the first release of the London Philharmonic Orchestra on its own label, bearing the catalogue number LPO-0001.
The recording is presented in Super-Audio CD (SACD) format, which provides enhanced sound resolution on certain players, and standard CD quality on all other equipment.
Critic Rob Cowan (The Independent) gives the recording five stars, and writes:
"As to available recorded performances of the Fifth, few that I've heard lay it on the line quite as emphatically as Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra did at a Royal Festival Hall concert early last year. Masur's response to the Fifth is intelligent and deeply human, but the unequivocal sense of tragedy near the close of work which is taken at a very broad tempo contradicts the impression of rabble-rousing so often associated with this wonderful music. The same CD also includes Masur's trenchant account of Shostakovich's endlessly fascinating First Symphony, where meaningful premonitions of later works crop up virtually by the bar. Good sound, too, and an auspicious first release in what one hopes will be a fruitful ongoing series from the LPO."
The recording can be purchased from the LPO's website or at www.amazon.co.uk.