Jablonski, Marek (Michael)

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Jürgens, Jürgen

(b Frankfurt, 5 Oct 1925; d Hamburg, 4 Aug 1994). German conductor. He studied from 1946 to 1953 at the Staatliche Musikhochschule in Freiburg under Konrad Lechner. In 1955 he was appointed director of the Hamburg Monteverdi Choir and in 1960 he became director of the Akademische Musikpflege and a lecturer in music theory at Hamburg University, where he became professor in 1972. With the Hamburg Monteverdi Choir, whose repertory extended from Ockeghem and Josquin to Henze and Dallapiccola, he gave many concerts in Europe, the Near East and the USA to wide acclaim and also made numerous recordings. Under his direction, the choir achieved a relaxed choral sound of seemingly effortless virtuosity. Jürgens collaborated with Harnoncourt in recordings of Monteverdi’s Vespers and Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts (both 1996), which were influential for the development of period performance in the late 1960s and early 70s. He published new editions of works by Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti and others.

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