My Summer Reading: Conductor Vladimir Jurowski
The well-read Russian offers typically eclectic choices
Born in Russia in 1972, the London Philharmonic Orchestra's principal conductor has galvanised the capital's music scene with some of the most thoughtful, groundbreaking and carefully prepared concert programmes today. His operatic credentials at Glyndebourne have been no less impressive, with attention to the right individual style in Verdi, Wagner, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, among others. Widely read as well as a serious film buff, and sometimes baffling his fellow musicians with the breadth of artistic reference he brings to bear on his craft, Jurowski offers typically eclectic recommendations.
Lyudmila Ulitskaya's Imago (the original Russian title translates as "Green Tent"). Her latest novel deals with destinies of a whole generation of Russian intellectuals, those born between late 1930s and mid 1940s – the ones we used to call "dissidents" in the days of the Soviet Union.