Vladimir Jurowski conducts The Seven Last Words of Christ


“Essentially all thinking” consisted of “relating things to each other”, Arnold Schönberg once said. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, born in Moscow, with Russian-Ukrainian roots, who emigrated to Berlin at the age of 18, has now curated and conducted a concert that is a “thinking” concert in this sense: it sets musical present and history in vibration, 1787 and 2023, but at the same time also feelings and thoughts, sounds and words. The main work of the evening is Joseph Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross. But Haydn’s passion music isn’t performed as a complete whole. The seven movements are performed in alternation with six short orchestral pieces commissioned for this concert from composers based in countries where war or serious political crises are currently raging: Ukraine, Iran, but also Belarus and Russia. “Powerful, speaking music throughout” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Additional Info

  • No: A055516870000
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Orchestra: Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
  • Production year: 2023
  • Run time: 01:30:00
  • Director: Benedict Mirow
  • Producers: UNITEL, ZDF, Arte
  • Format: 4K
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