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Music REview

Vladimir Jurowski brings his Londoners to Symphony Hall

Vladimir Jurowski’s remarkable first outing, earlier this season, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra left expectations running quite high for the Russian conductor’s return to town on Friday. This time he brought with him the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which he has led since 2007, and a program of works by Shostakovich and Beethoven, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Jurowski’s pre-concert interviews discussing his chosen program reinforced the sense of crisp intellectuality behind his music-making. On the podium, his gestures are cool and pointed, never a single motion wasted. In his earlier account of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony with the BSO, these qualities opened the gates to a performance of analytic depth and succinct fury. Friday’s performance overall, while not without some thrilling moments, did not prove as revelatory. It began with a somewhat uneven performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto with the soloist Vadim Repin.

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