Maestro Michail Jurowski and his son Maestro Vladimir Jurowski have both been nominated for the prestigious 2017 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Prize).
Michail Jurowski is recognised for his latest Berlin Classics release, Michail Jurowski in Gohrisch (Shostakovich Festival) has been shortlisted in the Orchestral Music category. The album, featuring works by Shostakovich, Pӓrt and Weinber, and was recorded live with the Staatskapelle Dresden. Vladimir Jurowski is nominated in the Concerto category for his Hyperion release Medtner & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Mark-André Hamelin. The recordings were selected by a panel of 158 German, Austrian and Swiss music critics. The 32 awards cross all genre of music. The winners will be announced on 15 August.
“In July 1960 Dmitri Shostakovich composed his famous String Quartet No. 8 in Gohrisch southeast of Dresden – the only work by him written outside the Soviet Union. To commemorate the work’s genesis, in 2010 the International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch was founded – since then the festival has attracted concert-goers from around the world to the spa resort near the Elbe River. In the first year the festival already received high praise from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “At an authentic setting, unique festival programming was created with a balance of works that would normally be expected at established festivals such as in Salzburg or Bayreuth: a judicious and deftly concentrated concept performed by renowned artists, and refined by the charm and spirit of the location.” One of the first guest artists in Gohrisch was conductor Michail Jurowski, who as a child used to play piano pieces for four hands with the composer. Concert highlights of his performances with the Staatskapelle Dresden, which played an important role in starting the festival, have now been issued as live recordings on this first CD.”
Hyperion writes of Vladimir Jurowski’s Medtner & Rachmaninov: “A typical release—in so far as there can ever be such a thing—from Marc-André Hamelin, combining a stimulating, unexpected coupling; brilliant new light shed on the familiar; and pianism of the very highest calibre. Not to be missed.” Katherine Cooper writes for Presto Classical adds: “Hamelin and Jurowski offer imposing but unsentimentalised Rachmaninov and persuasive advocacy for Medtner’s Second Concerto, which appears to best advantage in this lean, rhythmically vital performance thanks to the unflagging momentum generated by soloist and conductor alike.”