Khorovod

1994

by Julian Anderson

Royal Festival Hall, 12 June 2003
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski
‘Khorovod was wonderful. The title means "round dance" in Russian, and Anderson presents us with a kaleidoscopic survey of dance music that glances at the ballets of Stravinsky and the cabaret bands of Berg's Lulu before whirling off through jazz and house music. Scored for 15 instrumentalists, it was played with edgy ferocity and furious panache, while Jurowski has a seemingly instinctive command of its rhythmic complexities that keeps you on the edge of your seat.’
The Guardian (Tim Ashley), 14 June 2003

‘At times this piece of early Anderson (1994) sounds like Stravinsky colliding with club music, and the small ensemble for which it is scored packs a gaudy punch.’
The Times (John Allison), 14 June 2003

‘… demonstrates the ways in which folk – or, more accurately, folk-derived ideas – generate the melodically-rich and rhythmically-buoyant material prevalent over the piece’s 13 minutes.
The opening section, with its riot of activity around octave Cs, has momentum sustained through the stylised Lithuanian and Spanish episodes – jazzy and insinuating by turns. Only then is something approaching a khorovod reached, starting as a measured “round dance” and accelerating towards a peak of mechanistic velocity – before falling back into a berceuse which clinches the tonal groundplan in a mood of calm valediction. The 15 soloists drawn from the LPO gave a purposeful account of this intricate music, guided by Vladimir Jurowski with skill and flair in what was the most convincing of the orchestra’s three Anderson performances this season.’
The Classical Source (Richard Whitehouse), June 2003

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