March 22, 2009 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's search for a music director is, in all likelihood, over. That doesn't mean a decision has been made, much less an offer extended or accepted. The search committees may dither for months or - damagingly - years. But all the relevant evidence likely to come in is, in fact, in. Vladimir Jurowski's last visit with the orchestra ended the need to look any further - if in fact he would accept the job. Is an unknown name still a possibility? It could happen, but that would mean a protracted search.
October 26, 2014 |
One of the reliably intriguing aspects of Vladimir Jurowski's visits to the Philadelphia Orchestra podium is the difficulty of telling from the written program the reason for assembling these particular pieces. The "why" becomes crystal clear, but only as the program is played, as it did Thursday night when the orchestra's great bearer of artistic purpose remade the ensemble three times over before our ears. Opening, it was an impressively tight new music ensemble. Then it was pared down to a lithe Mozart orchestra.
February 14, 2016 |
Can Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (the "Emperor") possibly have anything new to report from within its familiar folds of opulent pianism and orchestral tranquillity? There's more there, it turns out, than the mere prettiness that has made the piece the one concerto to know if you're going to know only one concerto. Leading the Philadelphia Orchestra Thursday night in Verizon Hall, Vladimir Jurowski deployed a wondrous paradox. He reduced the size of the ensemble and paid scrupulous attention to limiting the length of notes.
April 12, 2008 |
Listen responsibly. Such an admonition might seem trite or unnecessary. But after this week's thwarting turn of events in the Philadelphia Orchestra's music-director hunt, even smart ears might need to be reminded of the only thing that matters. As the orchestra's staff is fond of saying in mantralike tones, it's about the music. It wasn't, for instance, Roberto Minczuk's fault that the orchestra's most compelling conductor of the year called in sick. And we're grateful that Minczuk was willing to take over on short notice and not change a stick of a program built on complexities we can now only imagine in the mind of Vladimir Jurowski.
October 29, 2005 |
Out of the blue Thursday night, the Philadelphia Orchestra hosted a guest conductor whose debut emphatically disproved the theory that chemistry is something that must distill over time. In the mysterious realm of conductor-orchestra relationships, chemistry can develop - in months or the painfully glacial span of years. But for Vladimir Jurowski, 33, who led the orchestra in an astonishingly gorgeous Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony, the connection with this ensemble was immediate.
March 1, 2011 |
Charles Dutoit will conduct a concert performance of Strauss' Elektra ; Simon Rattle leads a week of Brahms and Schumann; Christoph Eschenbach returns; and pianists Maurizio Pollini, Nikolaï Lugansky, and Yuja Wang perform core repertoire in the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2011-12 season. Next year, the orchestra, grappling with soft attendance, will offer slightly fewer core-subscription concerts. And some ticket prices will be lower, though an orchestra spokeswoman said she could not calculate how much, on average, prices would drop.
October 24, 2009 |
Any conductor out to make a splash isn't likely to program pieces that more or less play themselves, such as Rossini's Barber of Seville overture and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 ("Italian"). Yet that's just what Daniele Gatti did in his first Philadelphia Orchestra visit since 1993. Maybe he didn't realize when the program was devised that the orchestra was looking for a music director. Maybe he's just so single-minded in his musical zeal that splash-making doesn't occur to him. Nonetheless, Gatti's Thursday outing with the orchestra, which he topped off with Brahms' Symphony No. 1, left little doubt: He's a contender, one with more age (47)
October 31, 2009 |
While the leadership of the Philadelphia Orchestra has been getting its fiscal and administrative house in order, the ensemble has had its own work to do. Up to this point, musical standards have generally held steady. Thursday night, however, the group was in a different state altogether. In a program of Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev that looked promising but hardly assured any particular outcome, the orchestra soared to a level of sculpted detail, exactitude, and nimble expressiveness that functioned as the next step in its evolution.
February 3, 2009 |
Think of a music-director search as a train. One minute everyone is on board, heading down one track with all deliberate speed, then a switch is thrown that causes a sudden change in direction. At the moment, the Philadelphia Orchestra's search is headed this way: Look for an announcement sometime this season that gives Charles Dutoit, 72, the full title of music director for a short and finite period. Dutoit, currently chief conductor and artistic adviser, would succeed Christoph Eschenbach, who left the post last year and currently is leading the orchestra on a three-week, 14-concert European tour through the Canary Islands, the Iberian peninsula and Central Europe.
October 28, 2005 |
Moscow-born conductor Vladimir Jurowski has enjoyed a meteoric career, initially studying with his father at the Moscow Conservatory and soon conducting opera throughout Europe. Now principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic and music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with the music directorship of the Russian National Orchestra coming next season, he'll make his Philadelphia Orchestra debut this weekend. Jurowski will lead two Russian works, Mussorgky's Overture to the opera "Khovanschina" and the passionate Tchaikovsky tone poem "Manfred," based on the epic poem of Lord Byron.