The root of all evil: Jurowski and the LPO pair Rachmaninov’s Miserly Knight with Wagner’s greedy dwarf

Rachmaninov: The Miserly Knight/ Wagner: Das Rheingold ***

LPO/Jurowski, 21st January 2015

Vladimir Jurowski © Roman Gontcharov

Vladimir Jurowski
© Roman Gontcharov

Vladimir Jurowski is a wily programmer. The London Philharmonic’s season has been most interesting, their “Rachmaninoff Inside Out” series digging out rarities and putting them into context. In summer 1902, Rachmaninov extended his honeymoon to include a visit to Bayreuth, seeing The Ring, Parsifal and Der fliegende Holländer. The impact Wagner’s music made on him – particularly the use of leitmotifs – can be heard in Rachmaninov’s one act opera The Miserly Knight. Pairing a concert performance of the opera with extracts from Das Rheingold, therefore, seemed a shrewd move.

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