This two DVD edition presents Vladimir Jurowski, freshly appointed as Principal Conductor to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in his first appearance in this new role, when he led the orchestra in a concert devoted to works by Wagner, Berg and Mahler at the newly restored Royal Festival Hall in London in September 2007. “It’s chemistry – you cannot force it or fake it”, says Vladimir Jurowski of his highly acclaimed relationship with the London Philharmonic Orchestra – “you just accept it!” The concert features works from the turn of the last century in a program ranging from the young Gustav Mahler’s Das klagende Lied and the overture of Wagner’s last completed music drama Parsifal to Alban Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra, written to mark the fortieth birthday of the composer’s teacher and spiritual mentor, Arnold Schoenberg. This concert recording shows the strength of that special bond between orchestra and conductor, and also pays tribute to a rising star on the international conductors scene. Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow in 1972, and studied in Germany. He has made a name for himself as an Opera conductor in the great houses in Berlin, London, Paris and New York. The bonus film includes a 50-minute interview with Vladimir Jurowski and footage filmed on the conductor camera (a special feature on this DVD, which the viewer can activate at will) showing the young conducting star from the orchestra’s point of view.
Wagner: Parsifal - Prelude; Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Opus 6; Mahler: Das klagende Lied