No guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this year has made a stronger impression than Vladimir Jurowski. In October, the 40-year-old Russian led a performance of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony that was precise in detail and overwhelming in sweep. That a score of such density could be prepared so skillfully in short order drew attention. Suddenly there were whispers that Jurowski might be under consideration as the BSO’s next music director.
Not that he doesn’t have plenty on his plate right now — especially in London, where he is music director of both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Opera. (He is also artistic director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia.) The LPO is having an especially interesting season: As part of The Rest Is Noise, a festival based on music critic Alex Ross’s book of the same name, the orchestra is playing nothing but 20th-century music at its principal venue, the Southbank Centre in London.