A Musical Family Saga
He was an immediate contemporary of Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, and Khachaturian, but in contrast to them his name is forgotten today (unless we know that his conductor-grandson bears the same name): Vladimir Jurowski. Like the composers named above, Jurowski studied with Myaskovsky. Beginning in 1938 he worked as an independent composer. He occupied himself with a wide range of genres, from the opera and the symphony, through chamber music and vocal works, to music for many feature films and cartoons. Jurowski was a master at capturing the popular tone. His music is dazzlingly instrumented and always melodious and stirring. His son Michail Jurowski, to whom cpo owes many wonderful interpretations, wanted to have some of his father’s compositions made available in audio form, and after I had examined the scores, I was happy to fulfill his wish. The seven symphonic pictures of the Russian Painters in particular form a cycle reflecting the pictorial world of each of the artists concerned in rich contrasts and with incredible impressiveness. Just remember: it was only a few years ago that only a couple of insiders had heard of Jurowski’s contemporary Mieczyslaw Weinberg!