The performances of the Swiss conductor Armin Jordan are characterised by a soft, supple and richly colourful orchestral sound, flexibility and warmth. He was a master of French repertoire as well as the music tradition of Central Europe, combining both traditions in his very own musical thumbprint. Released here for the first time are live recordings made in Lucerne with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which experienced a golden era under Jordan’s leadership between 1985 and 1997.more
"In the opulent playing of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Jordan succeeds in achieving an ideal balance between orchestral virtuosity, sharp rhythms and subtle harmonies." (Pizzicato)
He switched effortlessly between different musical spheres: the Swiss conductor Armin Jordan, who died in 2006, was a master of French repertoire as well as the musical tradition of Central Europe, combining both traditions in his very own musical thumbprint. Jordan's performances are characterised by a soft, supple and richly colourful orchestral sound, flexibility and warmth.
Released here for the first time are live recordings of his two only performances at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, given in 1988 and 1994 conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which experienced a golden era under Jordan's leadership between 1985 and 1997.
This CD comprises Armin Jordan's "specials", such as Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune or the Six épigraphes antiques in orchestrations by Ansermet. In Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer we meet Jordan the opera conductor, treasuring the fantastic Felicity Lott: here, the emotional component of the performance appears more intense than in the studio recording of 2001. In the second suite from Roussel's ballet Bacchus et Ariane Jordan also creates a thrilling sense of drama. He never had the opportunity to record this rarely performed piece in the studio: this live recording from Lucerne therefore fills a gap in his discography.
The 28-page booklet in three languages contains a portrait of the conductor by Peter Hagmann and features photos from the festival archive, published here for the first time.
In cooperation with audite, LUCERNE FESTIVAL presents the "Historic Performances" series featuring outstanding concert recordings of artists who have shaped the festival throughout its history. The aim of this CD edition is to rediscover treasures - most of which have not previously been released - from the first six decades of the festival, which was founded in 1938 with a special gala concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini. These recordings have been made available by the archives of SRF Swiss Radio and Television, which has broadcast the Lucerne concerts from the outset. Painstakingly re-mastered and supplemented with photos and materials from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL archive, they represent a sonic history of the festival.
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[...] die rauschhaft-ekstatischen Momente dieser innerlich glühenden Musik lässt Armin Jordan mit dem Orchestre de la Suisse Romande hier regelrecht aufblühen. [...] Leidenschaftliche Steigerungen reißen den Zuhörer dabei in wahrhaft unmittelbarer Weise mit. Mehr lesen
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Man hört den Glanz des Meeres in der Mittagssonne, und die Wellenkämme sind aus Girlanden von Blüten gewirkt. Was dem Dirigenten Armin Jordan hier am 20. August 1994 im Luzerner Kunsthaus gelang, ist kostbar und delikatMehr lesen