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  1. April 13, 2014

    LSO/Valery Gergiev, Barbican, London – review

    Russian music is much in the London Symphony Orchestra’s sights this month – as it has been since Valery Gergiev became...

  2. March 31, 2014

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London – review

    After seven years at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra, it might have seemed that there were no Russian composers...

  1. February 9, 2014

    Prince Igor, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

    The last time the Met ventured the sprawl of Prince Igor was on December 15 1917. The accepted language for this very...

  2. January 19, 2014

    BBCSO/Semyon Bychkov, Barbican, London – review

    The theme that dominates the first movement of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, written during the wartime siege of...

  3. November 8, 2013

    Support for Putin tarnishes Russian maestro Valery Gergiev

    For years, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has roamed the world in a blur of adoring fans, exhausted musicians and...

  4. September 24, 2013

    Eugene Onegin, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

    When the Met opened its 129th season on Monday with a quasi-new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, there was plenty...

  5. September 11, 2013

    The Return of Ulysses, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York – review

    The opera season hasn’t even begun. Still, operatic agitation abounds. Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin opens at the Met on...

  6. August 12, 2013

    Gergiev conducts the RSNO at Edinburgh

    In his speech before the first concert of the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival, the festival director Jonathan Mills...

  7. July 30, 2013

    White Nights Festival, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg – review

    As London rekindles its love affair with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Mariinsky is nearing the conclusion of a busy season in St...

  8. July 5, 2013

    Crime and enchantment

    When London was introduced to Evgenia Obraztsova in 2005, she was the Mariinsky Ballet’s youngest-ever Juliet, all youthful...

  9. June 21, 2013

    The Diary: John Thornhill

    When I first visited Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad), in 1986 as a postgraduate student of Soviet politics, I fell sick...

  10. May 24, 2013

    LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

    Valery Gergiev is 60, a milestone considered worthy of a special birthday concert. The age of 60 used to be when conductors...

  11. May 3, 2013

    Russians marvel at Mariinsky’s lavish renaissance

    For weeks, naysayers had decried the new glass-and-limestone attachment to St Petersburg’s beloved 18th century Mariinsky...

  12. January 25, 2013

    Szymanowski: Symphonies 2 & 4

    Building on the deserved success of Gardner’s Lutoslawski series, Chandos launches a CD cycle devoted to another Polish...

  13. December 23, 2012

    All the best: Mahler symphonies

    We live in an era of unsurpassed richness for Mahler interpretation. A quarter of a century ago, there was no shortage of...

  14. December 19, 2012

    LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

    Five months ago the London Symphony Orchestra began a journey – crossing oceans and continents – devoted almost exclusively...

  15. September 28, 2012

    Orchestral manoeuvres

    While he was on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra to North America in 1912, timpani player Charles Turner kept a...

  16. September 24, 2012

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    One was a composer rooted in the formal disciplines of the German tradition, the other a restless aesthete, forever in...

  17. September 2, 2012

    Cinderella, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

    The mighty Mariinsky arrives in Edinburgh, its orchestra purring into life under director Valery Gergiev like a vintage...

  18. August 19, 2012

    London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

    Why should anyone want to perform the music of Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)? You would think that this concert, the first...

  19. July 17, 2012

    LSO/Gergiev/Fleming, Barbican, London

    This concert marked both an end and a beginning. It was the final event in the 50th anniversary season of the City of London...

  20. May 14, 2012

    LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

    The many faces of Stravinsky make him an ideal subject for a concert series. From the Russian point of view there are two...

  21. April 6, 2012

    Parsifal, Barbican, London

    No one ever suggested Wagner was bipolar, but he himself was acutely conscious of the polarities in his psychological...

  22. April 2, 2012

    LSO/Semyon Bychkov, Barbican, London

    When the totality of existence is up for grabs, as it is in Mahler’s Third Symphony, we should not be surprised if all, or...

  23. October 22, 2011

    Valery Gergiev: Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, 6

    As anyone will know who has heard St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra with its artistic director, they have a...

  24. September 26, 2011

    Tchaikovsky Competition Winners, Barbican, London

    At first sight this programme of Tchaikovsky warhorses looked unappetising, but the opening concert of the London Symphony...

  25. September 4, 2011

    Die Frau ohne Schatten, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

    An opera that ends with two couples singing a paean to fertility and marital harmony must be either quietly inspiring or...

  26. August 16, 2011

    Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra/Gergiev, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It is not only in concert halls that the finest orchestras are to be found. Warmly expressive strings, forward but not...

  27. July 30, 2011

    Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

    Culled from concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev last year in St Petersburg, this recording includes the rarely heard Wolf’s...

  28. July 20, 2011

    Dead Souls, Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg

    Rodion Shchedrin, who turns 80 next year, is enjoying a renaissance thanks to Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre....

  29. May 28, 2011

    Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, La mer, Jeux

    Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, La mer, Jeux Valery Gergiev (LSO Live) When Gergiev conducted this performance of...

  30. May 27, 2011

    Musical Cinderellas

    In 1962 the accompanist Gerald Moore published an autobiography – Am I Too Loud? – which promoted his neglected art while...

  31. April 16, 2011

    The Diary: James Naughtie

    The conductor Valery Gergiev decided this week not to try to be in Milan and London at the same time, and I was surprised....

  32. March 29, 2011

    West rolls out red carpet for Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet president, will be feted in London on Wednesday at a concert marking his 80th birthday this...

  33. March 23, 2011

    Edinburgh festival to honour Asian influence

    This summer’s Edinburgh International Festival will seek to build a bridge between Asia and Europe by featuring artists from...

  34. January 7, 2011

    Shostakovich: Symphonies 2 and 11; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë, Pavane, Bolero

    Shostakovich Symphonies 2 and 11 Valery Gergiev (Mariinsky) Ravel Daphnis et Chloë, Pavane, Bolero Valery Gergiev (LSO Live)...

  35. October 12, 2010

    Boris Godunov, Metropolitan Opera, New York

    When the Met unveiled its new production of Boris Godunov on Monday, one name was conspicuously missing from the credits:...

  36. September 28, 2010

    LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

    The thread running through the London Symphony Orchestra’s concerts this season is the music of Rodion Shchedrin. The...

  37. September 11, 2010

    Wagner: Parsifal

    Wagner Parsifal Valery Gergiev(Mariinsky, 4 CDs) When Gergiev first performed Parsifal at the Mariinsky Theatre in the...

  38. August 6, 2010

    World Orchestra for Peace, London

    Visiting orchestras have often brought a big Mahler symphony if they want to get noticed. Now performances have become so...

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