Critic’s Choice

March 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

By David Wright

Vladimir Jurowski

From the most luxuriously orchestra’d city in the world, one of the finest ensembles comes to Symphony Hall on Friday: the London Philharmonic, led by the young Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston.

Whether you call it déja vu or another bite of the apple, the program will consist of two masterpieces recently performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (with the Russian-born, widely admired Vadim Repin as soloist) and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Jurowski also has been heard lately in these parts, making his BSO debut last October in an unforgettable performance of Shostakovich’s massive Fourth Symphony that wrung every drop of violent passion and sonic force from the work, while mastering its sprawling structure as well.

So bring your pad and pencil to the next round of the Shostakovich and Beethoven tasting.  Swirl, sniff, and take your pick–in case you forgot, the BSO is hiring.

The performance is 8 p.m. Friday at Symphony Hall.  celebrityseries.org; 617-482-6661.

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