Spiral of Life
Vladimir Jurowski & Daniel Hope
Curious about Yelena Firsova? Immerse yourself in Alban Berg's masterpiece with Daniel Hope. Transcend with Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Jelena Firssowa Neues Werk (Auftragswerk)
(Auftragswerk des RSB, Uraufführung)
Alban Berg Konzert für Violine und Orchester
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Sinfonie Nr. 6 h-Moll op. 74 (“Pathétique”)
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Daniel Hope - Violin
Spiral of life
Yelena Firsova, Composer-in-Residence of the RSB in the season 2021/2022, makes her first appearance. Her new work, Night in Appen, commissioned by the RSB, enjoys its world premiere. What does the title reveal? What does the Russian artist, who has lived in England for years, hint at? Appen is a small town in Schleswig-Holstein, near Hamburg. There, one woman holds a great deal of influence, and was of great significance to Yelena Firsova: Sofia Gubaidulina. The Tatar composer, who will turn ninety in 2021, is considered by Yelena Firsova to be “one of the most profound and interesting composers of our time. She has her own individual voice and a very personal view of our world. In her music one can perceive a very original mixture of Western and Eastern culture. For me, she is something like a shaman in music!” With Gubaidulina, Firsova shares the conviction that music should not be “made” artificially, but rather allowed to grow organically. “Composers are like priests and gardeners,” Firsova says. For her, composing is self-reflection, contact with beauty and connection to the immaterial world.
Despite not yet knowing her new work, it is reasonable to assume that under such premises it will put Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with Daniel Hope and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s reckoning with life in Symphony No. 6 in an excitingly different light.
Bridges of sound to the cosmos
Sun 28 November 2021 – 8 pm
Broadcast of the concert from 21 November 2021 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.
Daniel Hope - Violin
Violinist Daniel Hope has enjoyed a thriving international solo career for more than 30 years. Celebrated for his musical versatility and dedication to humanitarian causes, he has been recognized with a string of honors including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 2015 European Culture Prize for Music. Hope is Music Director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Music Director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019 he completed his 16th and final season as Associate Artistic Director of Georgia’s Savannah Music Festival and became Artistic Director of Dresden’s Frauenkirche Cathedral. In 2020 Hope was elected as President of the Beethovenhaus Bonn.
Hope first drew notice as member of the Beaux Arts Trio. Today he is a familiar face at the most prestigious international venues and festivals. He works with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, and Christian Thielemann, and with the world’s foremost ensembles. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Hope has commissioned more than 30 new works, collaborating closely with prominent composers.
Hope has been recognized with awards including the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or of the Year, the Edison Classical Award and the Prix Caecilia. His recording of Max Richter’s “Vivaldi Recomposed” topped the charts in 22 countries and remains one of the bestselling classical releases of recent times. In 2017, a documentary titled “Daniel Hope – The Sound of Life” was screened in movie theaters.
Hope has written scripts for collaborative performances with the actors Klaus Maria Brandauer and Mia Farrow. In Germany he presents a weekly radio show for the WDR3 Channel and curates and hosts “Hope@9pm”, a salon-style music and talk at the Berlin Konzerthaus.
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, he created and hosted “Hope@Home”, a livestreamed TV series featuring music and talk with guest artists ranging from Barrie Kosky over RSB chief conductor Vladimir Jurowski to Robert Wilson. Professionally produced from Hope’s Berlin living room for the ARTE TV network, the daily series was streamed almost five million times. “Hope@Home” was developed into “Hope@Home on Tour” and “Hope@Home – Next Generation” in the course of the year, then being developed into “Europe@Home”, in which young artists represent the music of the 27 member states of the European Union.
Hope was also guest of the RSB in a livestreamed radio concert under the baton of Jurowski in the spring of 2020.
He has been working closely with his mentor Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he gave numerous concerts.
Sun 21 November 2021 - 8 pm Philharmonie Berlin