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Seen and Heard Concert Review
Mozart,Shostakovich: LPO / Vladimir Jurowski, Tatiana Monogarova (sop) Sergei Leiferkus (bar) QEH, 18. 2. 2006 (GD)
Symphony in 41 in C (Jupiter) K551
Jurowski opened the concert with a 'Jupiter'
which was well balanced and very generous with repeats,
including a full reprise of the development section in
the last movement. Stylistically, this was a combination
of old and new - old with its large string compliment
and a stately delivery of the opening (hardly 'allegro
vivace' ) and new in its deployment of prominent woodwind,
brass and hard sticks for the tympani. Jurowski had obviously
thought this work through: the andante cantabile
never dragged and the string recitative was nicely balanced.
The LPO strings, although generally accurate, sometimes
lacked the poise and delicacy essential to the piece and
the important woodwind contributions did not always blend
well enough with the string counterpoint; a strident edge
was noticeable in anything louder than a mezzo-forte.
The menuetto was suitably swift and tautly phrased
but the trio section was let down once again by some over-loud
woodwind intonation. The great contrapuntal finale however
was mostly a success with all of the work's thematic strands
fully audible right up to the triumphant closing fanfares.
At the close ofthe epilogue's haunting coda, Jurowski gestured for silence (so often resonant in Shostakovich) to delay audience applause. After a long pause, applause did break out but in a muted and hesitant manner: some acknowledgement of such an honest and committed delivery of this protean and fascinating work was still necessary.