Vladimir Jurowski & Alban Gerhardt
First Alban Gerhardt's brilliant Rubinstein idea. Then Vladimir Jurowski's generous Tchaikovsky offering. Dmitri Smirnov will feel at ease
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Slawischer Marsch op. 31
Anton Rubinstein Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester Nr. 2 d-Moll op. 96
Concerto piccolo für Violoncello und Orchester (“History of Russia in 4 anthems”) op.127
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Alban Gerhardt - Violoncello
Composer Dmitri Smirnov, husband of Yelena Firsova, died of a coronavirus infection in April 2020. Almost twenty years earlier, he composed a small cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, which the generational cellist was unable to perform, having passed away in 2007 at the age of 80. Now, in its premiere by Alban Gerhardt and the RSB, it becomes a double requiem, precisely because it is not at all funereal, musically speaking.
In the program follows the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Anton Rubinstein, one of those great and yet little-known romantic cello concerti to which soloist Alban Gerhardt has devoted himself especially (and in numerous recordings). The evening closes with the Fifth Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose to-be world-famous Piano Concerto No. 1 was then dismissed by Anton Rubinstein’s brother Nikolai as “poor”. If the Sixth shook up musical history with its Adagio finale in 1893, the world still seems to be well in order with the Fifth in 1888 – or is it?
Bridges of sound to the cosmos
Tus 1 March 2022 – 8 pm
Broadcast of the concert from 26 February 2022 into the Zeiss-Großplanetarium
Enjoy the symphony concert with unrestricted view of this starry sky in the Zeiss-Großplanetarium (Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin) – spherical, heavenly sounds in the truest sense of the word.
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski has been chief conductor and artistic director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since autumn 2017. The conductor, pianist and musicologist Vladimir Jurowski takes on all challenges whether they be stylistic, technical or music-historical.
After receiving training at the Moscow Conservatory Vladimir Jurowski emigrated to Germany in 1990. Here he continued his studies at the music conservatories in Dresden and Berlin – conducting with Rolf Reuter; correpetition and song accompaniment with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the British Wexford Festival with Rimski-Korsakov’s “Mainacht” and in the same year at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with “Nabucco”. Subsequently he was, among other things, First Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin (1997- 2001) and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2001-2013). In 2003 Vladimir Jurowski was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has been its Principal Conductor since 2007 and will stay on until summer 2021. He is also Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov of the Russian Federation until summer 2021, Artistic Director of the International George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Great Britain. He works regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the ensemble unitedberlin. With the start of the 2021/2022 season, Vladimir Jurowski will take on one of the most prestigious roles in German musical life in addition to his engagement with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, by becoming General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, a position for which he signed a contract in 2018.
Vladimir Jurowski is in high demand around the world as a guest conductor. He has conducted the major orchestras of Europe and North America, including the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Vladimir Jurowski conducted Prokofiev’s “Semyon Kotko” with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest of the Netherlands in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, made his debut at the Salzburg Easter Festival with the Staatskapelle Dresden, debuted with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, performed with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Lucerne Festival and conducted a unique project with the London Sinfonietta in Moscow to mark the UK-Russian Year of Culture. Together with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin he performed in Japan in spring 2019 and at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest in autumn 2019.
The first joint CD by Vladimir Jurowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin from 2015 immediately marked a milestone. Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 3 was followed in 2017 by a Strauss/Mahler recording and a CD of violin concertos by Britten and Hindemith with soloist Arabella Steinbacher. In 2020, a critically acclaimed recording of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” was released.
Vladimir Jurowski has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements, including various international record prizes. In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards named him Conductor of the Year. In 2016, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2020, Jurowski will be awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Romanian President in recognition of his work as Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival.