Conductor Vladimir Jurowski Makes NY Philharmonic Debut, Now thru 5/24
Vladimir Jurowski will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Janine Jansen as soloist, and selections from Prokofiev's Cinderella, tonight, May 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Both works on the program are programmatic, one inspired by a poem and the other by a fairytale, each depicting passionate love. Szymanowski based his First Violin Concerto on a poem that reads, in part: "All the birds pay tribute to me / for today I wed a goddess. / And now we stand by the lake in crimson blossom / in flowing tears of joy, with rapture and fear, / burning in amorous conflagration." Prokofiev said of his ballet Cinderella, which is based on the eponymous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, "What I wished to express above all in the music of Cinderella was the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of that love, the obstacles in its path, and finally the dream fulfilled."
Janine Jansen made her New York Philharmonic debut in October 2007 performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and returned in February 2011 with the Britten Violin Concerto, about which The New York Times wrote that she performed "with a tightly centered, irresistibly beautiful tone and a sense of the music's emotional depth that she maintained to the end."
Lawrence Tarlow, New York Philharmonic Principal Librarian, will introduce the program. Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts are available for multiple talks, students, and groups. They take place one hour before these performances in the Helen Hull Room, unless otherwise noted. Attendance is limited to 90 people. For information, visit nyphil.org/preconcert or call (212) 875-5656.
The program will be broadcast the week of June 15, 2014, on The New York Philharmonic This Week, a radio concert series syndicated weekly to more than 300 stations nationally, and to 122 outlets internationally, by the WFMT Radio Network.
The broadcast will be available on the Philharmonic's Website, nyphil.org. The program is broadcast locally in
the New York metropolitan area on 105.9 FM WQXR on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Information is subject to change. Check local listings for broadcast and program information.
Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, and in 1990 moved with his family to Germany, where he completed his musical studies at the Hochschules für Musik in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995 he launched his career with his successful debut at the Wexford Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night. He has since been a guest at some of the world's leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille de Paris, Welsh National Opera, Dresden Semperoper, Komische Oper Berlin, and The Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Jurowski was appointed the London Philharmonic Orchestra's principal guest conductor in 2003 and became that ensemble's principal conductor in September 2007. He is also principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and artistic director of the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Previous posts include first Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997-2001), principal guest conductor of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2000-03), principal guest conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (2005-09), and music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-13). Mr. Jurowski has conducted leading orchestras in both Europe and North America, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras; Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; and The Philadelphia, Zurich's Tonhalle, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and Dresden Staatskapelle orchestras. Highlights of his 2013-14 season and beyond include debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony; tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra; and returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. His operatic appearances have included Verdi's Rigoletto, Janá?ek's Jenufa, Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel at The Metropolitan Opera; Wagner's Parsifal and Berg's Wozzeck at Welsh National Opera; Prokofiev's War and Peace at the Opéra national de Paris; Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at Milan's Teatro alla Scala; Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila at the Bolshoi Theatre; Tchaikovsky's Iolanta at the Dresden Semperoper; and operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Britten, and others, including Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons, at Glyndebourne Opera. In 2013 he returns to The Met for Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten, and future engagements include Schoenberg's Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper Berlin and Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel at Munich's Bavarian Staatsoper.