Tag Archives: Valery Gergiev

An all-you-can-eat Prokofiev buffet from the Mariinsky

Prokofiev: Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev *** Cadogan Hall, 28th September 2016 When it comes to Prokofiev binges in London, Valery Gergiev’s got form. While his recent Proms marathon of all five piano concertos was variable, I hold fond memories of his symphony … Continue reading

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Augurs of Spring: strong Mariinsky double bill in Cardiff

Mariinsky Ballet: Concerto DSCH/Sacre **** Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 17th April 2016 It’s difficult to know what shocked Parisian audiences more when The Rite of Spring caused a near riot at its 1913 première: was it Stravinsky’s music – pounding dissonances … Continue reading

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Brooding Rachmaninov 3 from Gergiev and the LSO

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3; Balakirev: Russia Of Rachmaninov’s three symphonies, the Third enjoys the least popularity. There’s a certain notoriety to the First because of its disastrous première (thanks to a drunken Glazunov conducting), while the Second is adored for its … Continue reading

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Prom 14: LSO’s tag-team Prokofiev triumphs in the five piano concertos

Prokofiev: LSO/Gergiev **** Royal Albert Hall, 28th July 2015 Last week, Leif Ove Andsnes performed all five Beethoven piano concertos over three evenings at the Proms. Valery Gergiev must chuckle at such lack of ambition! Instead, he and the London … Continue reading

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Unwrapping an enigma: Gergiev’s electrifying Shostakovich 15

Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich: LSO/Gergiev ***** Barbican Hall, 12th May 2015 “A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That description could apply to Shostakovich’s Fifteenth Symphony, with its impish musical quotations punctuating its dark brooding character. It would also … Continue reading

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