Glyndebourne label releases first in a series of Vladimir Jurowski legacy recordings
Throughout 2013 the Glyndebourne label celebrates the legacy of outgoing Music Director Vladimir Jurowski with the release of four of his finest Glyndebourne performances. The first of these is a recording of the 2007 Glyndebourne Festival production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, first staged by Sir Peter Hall in 2005.
Rossini operas, and La Cenerentola in particular, have been Glyndebourne favourites since the 1950s when the opera house undertook a resurrection of the composer’s operas led by the Italian conductor Vittorio Gui. Gui introduced no less than four Rossini operas during his tenure as Music Director.
In this recording, Vladimir Jurowski leads a well-integrated cast led by Romanian soprano Ruxandra Donose whose flawless timbre, expressive vocalism and thoughtful musicianship are all on display. Italian baritone, Alessandro Corbelli, who returns to Glyndebourne Festival this summer in the title role in Don Pasquale, takes the role of Don Magnifico.
In its first revival, Peter Hall’s production was played on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment who were highly praised for their performance.
“With the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment fizzing in the pit and Vladimir Jurowski conducting, this was Glyndebourne at its vibrant best.”
Fiona Maddocks, Evening Standard
“…this is the first time a Rossini opera has been performed by period instruments in a UK theatre – and the razor-sharp conducting of Vladimir Jurowski certainly made the most of the opportunity.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times
“…feistily conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and phenomenally played by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
“The sparkling-voiced Romanian soprano Ruxandra Donose (Cenerentola) and the suitably refined Russian tenor Maxim Mironov (her Prince) lead a well-integrated cast, and conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment find all the quicksilver elegance in this glorious score.”
David Gillard, Daily Mail
The CD will be available to buy from the Glyndebourne shop as well as other good music retailers from 13 May 2013. It will be followed by three more outstanding Jurowski performances recorded at Glyndebourne Festival; Love and Other Demons (2008), Tristan und Isolde (2009) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2011).
In his final year as Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski will open the 2013 Glyndebourne Festival in a new production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. He will also conduct performances of the Jerwood Project and perform a celebration concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus on 23 August.
The Glyndebourne Label launched in 2008 and is the only independent record label to be run by UK opera house. Through the label, Glyndebourne makes use of modern technology to delve in to its incredible musical archive and allow many of the most seminal opera performances of the last fifty years to be enjoyed again and again. In an exciting new phase for the label, 2013 will see the entire collection made available for digital download. To mark this development, Glyndebourne is producing its first ever compilation album containing a selection of tracks from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro. Two more Mozart compilations will be released during 2013.