Stravinsky x 6: V RSB Symphony Season Finale
Vladimir Jurowski and Sabine Devieilhe
“Fairytale poem” for orchestra
“Pastorale” – song without words for soprano, oboe, English horn, clarinet, and bassoon
“Les Illuminations” for soprano or tenor voice and string orchestra, op. 18.
Text von Arthur Rimbaud
“The Firebird” – suite from the ballet (1945)
Vladimir Jurowski - Conductor
Vladimir Jurowski has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin since 2017. He has meanwhile extended his contract until 2027. In parallel, he has been General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2021.
After receiving training at the Moscow Conservatory The conductor, pianist and musicologist Vladimir Jurowski emigrated to Germany in 1990. Here he continued his studies at the music conservatories in Dresden and Berlin. 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 until 2021. He was also Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra Yevgeny Svetlanov of the Russian Federation until 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.
Vladimir Jurowski 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.
He is a recurring guest conductor in in London, Berlin, Dresden, Luzern, Schleswig-Holstein und Grafenegg as well as at the Rostopowitsch-Festival. Although Vladimir Jurowski is invited as a guest conductor by top orchestras from all over the world, in future he would like to concentrate his activities on that geographical area which is acceptable to him from an ecological point of view.
In 2022/2023 he performed with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in concerts in various cities in Germany, Italy and Antwerp in the Netherlands. The joint CD recordings of Vladimir Jurowski and the RSB began in 2015 with Alfred Schnittke’s Symphony No. 3, followed by works by Britten, Hindemith, Strauss, Mahler and soon again Schnittke.
Vladimir Jurowski has been the recipient of numerous awards for his achievements, including various international record prizes. In 2016, he was bestowed an honorary doctorate from Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2018, the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards named him Conductor of the Year. In summer 2020, Jurowski was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Romanian President in recognition of his work as Artistic Director of the George Enescu Festival.
Sabine Devieilhe - Soprano
Originally, from Normandy, Sabine Devieilhe first studied cello and musicology before devoting herself to her vocal training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. She is a much sought-after singer both in her native France and internationally, with a repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary compositions.
Shortly after her graduation, invitations followed to the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Serpetta in Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” and to Lyon for her debut as the Queen of the Night. Since then she has appeared at all the major opera houses including the Opéra Nationale de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, the Opéra Comique, the Monnaie in Brussels, the Zurich Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
Sabine Devieilhe’s most recent successes were as Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet at the Opéra Comique in Paris, followed by Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier” (Sophie) at Zurich Opera, Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” (Zerbinetta) at La Scala in Milan, in Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment” (Marie) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Rameau’s “Les Indes galantes” at the Opéra National de Paris.
Despite Corona, the 2020-2021 season brought a recital tour with Alexandre Tharaud, where they presented their new lied album “Chanson d’Amour” in venues such as the Monnaie in Brussels, the Théâtre du Capitôle in Toulouse, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin, La Scala in Milan and the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid. Scenic productions include Mozart’s “Magic Flute” (Queen of the Night) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, at the Paris Opera, as well as at the Vienna State Opera and Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (Olympina) at the Vienna State Opera. Concert projects include Mozart arias at the Monnaie in Brussels with Raphaël Pichon, works by Ravel with Pablo Heras-Casado at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Poulenc’s Gloria with Lorenzo Viotti at the Philharmonie in Paris, Mozart’s C minor Mass with the Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, and Mozart arias with Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival.
Sabine Devieilhe makes her RSB debut with Britten’s “Les Illuminations” under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski in June 2021.
Sabine Devieilhe has been an exclusive Erato/Warner Classics artist since 2012. Her discography includes the Mozart album “The Weber Sisters” with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, the album “Mirages” with Les Siècles under François-Xavier Roth and her album “Chanson d’Amour” with songs by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc.
Fairy tales and fantasy worlds to conclude the 2020/21 season