The very first chords of the Overture of Coriolan set the tone with violence, force and vitality. Vladimir Jurowski's vision of Beethoven is far from the traditional vision of classic balance inherited from the Enlightment. Here no compromises are made: Jurowskis gives a somber and tormented interpretation of Beethoven's music. With neat, incisive and detailed gestures, the conductor works on the contrasts and brings out the composer's undeniable modernity. This Beethoven is resolutely facing towards the future.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, which counts among its ranks a great number of young musicians playing on classic instruments, rediscovers the symphonies No. 4 and 7. With light sounds, precise articulations and a sense of structure, these musicians follow with ease Vladimir Jurowksi's baton. Every piece flows and marches forth, even the funeral march of the seventh symphony because Beethoven is naturally not a composer of darkness but one of reconciliation, energy and joy.
London Philharmonic Orchestra - Orchestre Philharmonique de l’ORTF
Orchestre Philharmonique de l'ORTF, London Symphony Orchestra