Fresh from inaugurating London's Southbank Centre's year-long The Rest Is Noise Festival with an illuminating all-Strauss programme, including excerpts from Salome "with the London Philharmonic making Strauss's opera orchestra thrillingly visible on stage, and with Vladimir Jurowski conducting as though to save his own life" (Hilary Finch, The Times), Jurowski turns his attention to the vast canvas of Strauss' exotic and extravagant opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducting the work for the first time on 16th February in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Hall as part of the long-standing ZaterdagMatinee opera-in-concert series. The performance, featuring the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, and an international cast of soloists including Anne Schwanewilms, Christine Goerke, Torsten Kerl, Johan Reuter and Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, will be broadcast live on the Dutch public radio NTR, and precedes Jurowski's forthcoming appearances in the work at the Metropolitan Opera of New York in autumn 2013.
"The London Philharmonic Orchestra's conductor Vladimir Jurowski brought clarity without dissipating Strauss's orchestral richness; the work's tonal palette and harmonic seesawing were both faultlessly laid bare." - Tim Ashley, The Guardian
"...the control and precision with which Jurowski directs the orchestra and communicates the musical dynamics were grippingly evident." Ken Wills, Recitative
Photo credit: Sheila Rock
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