At last, senior Jurowski makes his US debut at 74

Michail Jurowski, father of the international conductors Vladimir and Dmitri, is conducting the Cleveland Orchestra this weekend in what appears to be his US debut.

Vadim Gluzman is the soloust in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, followed by Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony: The Year 1905.

What took them so long?

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  • I saw him once in Moscow (I think with the Russian National Orchestra). He was wonderful. Good that he’s making a debut with a U.S. orchestra of high stature, but a pity some enterprising group had booked him years ago. Or maybe he’s been happily busy in Europe and felt no need to cross the pond.

  • Bit like the Jarvi family. It is interesting that most of the greatest musicians originate from eastern Europe, rather than from the west. They must be doing something right that the west can learn from.

  • His soloist, Vadim Gluzman, is an outstanding violinist, btw. I only recall a single appearance of his at Carnegie Hall (with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra). He deserves a much bigger career !

  • “From 1992 to 1998, Jurowski was music director and principal conductor of the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Herford. ….From 1999, he served as Intendant of the Volkstheaters der Hansestadt Rostock as well as the Norddeutsche Philharmonie am Volkstheater Rostock.”

    Sorry, what’s there to get excited about?

    • fflambeau What’s exciting is the eventual difference he can make, where ever it takes place, independently of his agency’s agenda!
      Celibidache build his reputation with 5th level orchestras in Torino, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Suttgart and others! Nitwit!!

      • Sorry, aber Celibidache’s Stuttgart orchestra wasn’t so bad. It was the orchestra of the southern german radio station and it was in the highest payment class (TVK A – S).

    • Given how a lot of superstar conductors get criticized on SD as all flash, no substance, the corollary is that there are likely wonderful conductors working in fairly obscure places. Maybe they don’t have the self-promotion gene; are just happy working quietly in their little place; don’t like to schmooze board members; or are simply overlooked for no discernible reason. I’ll bet if you get a number of professional musicians together they can have a great discussion of conductors they love that the public barely knows. Mr. Jurowski has worked in a number of places in Germany, which as noted in another thread the other day is rich with orchestras and opera houses; these places may not be Berlin or Vienna but I’d bet the level is pretty high.

      • Also, sometimes conductors get a reputation in particular repertoire (Dutoit=French comes to mind, as does Mackerras=Czech, but Jurowski=Soviet is another). The top orchestras prefer to hire those guys as guest conductors in their speciality and won’t usually hire them as the chief conductor. They can still be well-regarded.

  • michail jurwoski is simply wonderful. i lost count how many prokofiev romeos i did with him at the zurich opera and ballet.. he simply owns that score.

    he is so kind, and his wife is a dear, too. he can conduct with a nod of his head if he feels like it, and the sound he gets just swells from the pit. cleveland is in for a treat.

  • Concert was excellent and well received. It was evening in pure Russian tradition. Violin was Auer’s Strad, for which the Tchaikovsky violin was written. And Jurowski talked about friendship with Shostakovich in pre-concert talk. Hope we see more of this conductor and violinist.

  • Jurowski is honestly the best. Hands down he is one of my favorite conductors. It is unbelievable how good he is. He should be better known.

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