Vladimir Jurowski conducts “The seven last words”
The concert is available on ARTE until 02.07.2023. Watch here.
"The Seven Last Words of the Savior on the Cross" Hob XX:1
Original version for orchestra (1785)
Between the individual movements by Haydn, short contemporary orchestral works by composers from current war and crisis zones as well as selected texts will be heard.
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 will perform 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.
Nadzeya Karakulka - Belarussisches Cymbalom
Nadzeya Karakulka ist in Maladzechna (Belarus) geboren. Mit sieben Jahren zieht sie mit ihrer Familie nach Minsk um und beginnt dort belarussisches Zymbal zu spielen. Seit 2007 studiert Nadzeya Karakulka Zymbal an der Belarussischen staatlichen Musikakademie bei Professor Evgeni Gladkov. 2012 absolviert sie ihr Bachelorstudium und legte 2013 die Masterprüfung ab. In diesen Jahren Gewinn sie etliche Preise bei nationalen und internationalen Wettbewerben. Jedes Jahr spielt sie Solokonzert an der Musikakademie und 2013 Solokonzert in der Belarussischen Staatlichen Philharmonie.
Während und nach dem Studium nimmt Nadzeya an musikalischen Projekten des „Polnischen Instituts in Minsk“ teil. Außerdem arbeitete sie seit 2008 bis 2016 als Zymballehrerin. 2014 gründet sie mit vier Musikern das Projekt “Amalgama”. 2015 spielt sie mit Musica Antiquea Mediterrania Barockmusik beim Festival „Musiksommer am Zürichsee“, in Konzerten “Natale in Villa Mozzecane” in Verona. 2016 nimmt sie am Festival „Musik in den Häusern der Stadt“ (Köln) teil. 2017 mit dem Trio Volklassik wird sie Stipendiatin der Werner Richard-Dr.Carl Dörken Stiftung. Nadzeya Karakulka ist Konzerte in Russland, der Ukraine, Litauen, Lettland, Polen, Romänien, Italien, Spanien, der Schweiz, Frankreich und Deutschland aufgetreten. Seit 2021 ist aktive Mitwirkende bei dem Projekt “Music for Belarus”.
Klaus Lederer - Rezitation
Born in 1974 in Mecklenburg, Dr. Klaus Lederer spent his childhood and early youth in Frankfurt an der Oder.
After the end of the GDR, he became involved in left-wing youth associations and, since 1992, in the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS).
His studies in law up to his doctorate in law at the Faculty of Law of the Humboldt University in Berlin, his work in the PDS and for it in local politics filled his 1990s. In December 2005, Klaus Lederer was elected state chair of the LEFT party in Berlin. He remained at the head of the state association until December 2016.
From 2003 to January 2017, Dr Lederer was a member of the Left parliamentary group in the House of Representatives, the parliament of the federal state of Berlin, where he was the spokesperson on legal policy for the parliamentary group DIE LINKE.
Since December 2016, Dr Klaus Lederer has been Mayor and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin.
The famous work by Joseph Haydn, which deals with the last words of Jesus Christ on the cross, was originally composed for orchestra in 1785. In six slow movements (and an “earthquake”), the highest hardships to which a person martyred to death can feel exposed are set to music. On the one hand, the timeless power of this music hardly needs the words of the Bible to be understood; on the other hand, it invites us to relate to Haydn’s work in the here and now.
Vladimir Jurowski has invited six composers to each compose a short orchestral work that fulfils this task. At the same time, the six new works speak of the immediate needs of their authors. For all six are based in countries where war or serious political crises are currently raging: Ukraine, Iran, but also Belarus and Russia. In all six cases, artistically responsible people reflect their personal concern by taking an emotionally moving stand against injustice, war and violence.
The musical pieces are complemented by selected poetry.
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A recording of the concert can be heard on Deutschlandfunk Kultur on 04.04.2023 8.03 pm.
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