“… it looks like he has no idea what he’s doing.”

Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has caught my attention today. Or rather, a comment from one of his followers on YouTube.

Honestly, when I see Jurowski conduct it looks like he has no idea what he’s doing… Kyle Tomlinson 2015

I quite like this comment because I think it is true to some extent. I think Jurowski has a total grasp of the music, as exemplified in this short extract below with the OAE performing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. He is completely involved, and yet looks like he is taking inspiration from the musicians themselves. The reason some might say he has no idea is because he seems open to the thought that the performance can be a fresh experience. It makes me feel alive when I watch this in a conductor, and is so inspiring as a young professional.

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