Performance Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | 8 PM

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
For the first of its two nights at Carnegie Hall, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by violinist Janine Jansen, whose elegance has made her a hit with audiences since she first rose to fame for her 2005 Four Seasons recording. Together, they perform Mozart’s “Turkish” Concerto on a program that also includes Brahms’s final symphony.


  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Vladimir Jurowski, Principal Conductor
  • Janine Jansen, Violin


  • MATTHIAS PINTSCHER towards Osiris
  • MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, "Turkish"
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 4


  • London Philharmonic Orchestra

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's best-known orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most forward-looking orchestras. As well as performing classical concerts, the orchestra also records film and computer-game soundtracks, has its own record label, and reaches thousands of Londoners every year through activities for schools and local communities.

    The orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by many great conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, and Kurt Masur. The current principal conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed in 2007, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as principal guest conductor.

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra has been performing at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall since it opened in 1951, becoming resident orchestra in 1992. It also has flourishing residencies in Brighton and Eastbourne; each summer it plays for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where it has been the resident symphony orchestra since 1964.

    The orchestra tours internationally, and its plans for the 2011-2012 season include visits to Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Spain, China, Russia, Oman, Brazil, and France.

    Having long been embraced by the recording, broadcasting, and film industries, the London Philharmonic Orchestra broadcasts regularly on television and radio. It has also recorded soundtracks for blockbuster motion pictures, including the Oscar-winning score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.In 2005, it established its own record label.

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra maintains an energetic program of activities for young people and local communities, including concerts for families and schools. Over the last few years, developments in technology and social networks have enabled the orchestra to reach even more people worldwide: All of its recordings are available to download from iTunes and, as well as a YouTube channel, news blog, iPhone app, and regular podcasts, the orchestra has a thriving presence on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Vladimir Jurowski

    Vladimir Jurowski was born in Moscow, but in 1990 moved with his family to Germany, where he completed his musical studies in Dresden and Berlin. In 1995, he made a highly successful debut at the Wexford Opera Festival conducting Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night, launching his international career. Since then, he has been a guest at some of the world's leading opera houses, such as the Opéra nationale de Paris, Welsh National Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

    In January 2001, Mr. Jurowski became music director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera and was appointed principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2006. He also holds the titles of principal artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation. From 2005 to 2009, he served as principal guest conductor of the Russian National Orchestra.

    Mr. Jurowski is a regular guest with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin and Oslo philharmonic orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Staatskapelle Dresden. Highlights of his 2011-2012 season and beyond include his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, as well as return visits to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Staatskapelle Dresden, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Mr. Jurowski's operatic appearances have included Jenůfa, The Queen of Spades,andHänsel und Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera, Parsifal and Wozzeck at the Welsh National Opera, War and Peace atthe Opéra national de Paris, Eugene Onegin at Teatro alla Scala, and Iolanta at the Semperoper Dresden, as well as Die Zauberflöte, La Cenerentola, Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Giovanni, The Rake's Progress,and Peter Eötvös's Love andOther Demons at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Future engagements include new productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne, Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera, Moses und Aron at Komische Oper Berlin, and Ruslan and Lyudmila at the Bolshoi Theatre.

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  • Janine Jansen

    Janine Jansen is internationally recognized as one of the world's great violinists-a truly exciting and versatile artist. The 2011-2012 season sees her undertake residencies at Wigmore Hall and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She tours Asia with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung, and Europe with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano. She also returns to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    In addition to her concerto performances, Ms. Jansen is a devoted chamber musician. This season, she performs a chamber project that includes Schubert's String Quintet and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht in addition to duo recitals in London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Dortmund, Lyon, and Eindhoven. She established and curates the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, and since 1998 has performed each season at the Berliner Philharmonie's Spectrum Concerts series. Her chamber partners include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mischa Maisky, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Martin Fröst, Khatia Buniatishvili, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Torleif Thedéen.

    The outstanding instrument played by Ms. Jansen is the "Barrere" by Antonio Stradivari, on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

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Brahms Symphony No.4 in E Minor (Allegro non troppo)
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor
EMI Seraphim

At a Glance


Contemporary German composer Matthias Pintscher often draws inspiration from art, literature, and mythology. His richly colored orchestral work Osiris is an extended meditation on the story of the Egyptian god who was dismembered by his brother and revived by his consort, Isis. towards Osiris, conceived as a preliminary study for that work, explores the theme of musical fragmentation and reintegration in a more concentrated form. It was first performed in 2006 by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle.

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, “Turkish”

Mozart’s precocious virtuosity manifested itself on the violin as well as the keyboard. Yet although he wrote (and frequently performed) no fewer than 27 piano concertos, he only got around to writing five for the violin. All date from his late teenage years, when he was serving as concertmaster in the court orchestra at Salzburg. The exotic, Turkish-flavored melody from which the A-Major Concerto takes its nickname is one of many surprises in this delightful and perennially popular work.

JOHANNES BRAHMS  Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

The last and darkest of Brahms’s four symphonies had a mixed reception when it premiered in 1885. Many of the composer’s friends expressed strong reservations about the work—a former pupil found it excessively cerebral, and his biographer Max Kalbeck urged him to replace the last two movements with music that was easier to listen to and understand—but audiences and critics gave it a respectful hearing. Before long, the symphony came to be recognized as one of Brahms’s supreme masterpieces.

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