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    1. September 26, 2014

      Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – review

      During its long years with Colin Davis the London Symphony Orchestra became expert in the music of Berlioz. The orchestra’s...

    2. September 22, 2014

      London Symphony Orchestra/Gergiev, Barbican, London – review

      For his final full season as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra Valery Gergiev is returning to home ground...

    1. August 31, 2014

      Les Troyens, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival – review

      The original division into two parts of Les Troyens, Berlioz’s epic slice of “Virgil Shakespearianised”, was arbitrary and...

    2. July 22, 2014

      World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

      Perhaps Valery Gergiev and his World Orchestra for Peace should refrain from bringing Mahler’s works to the BBC Proms....

    3. July 16, 2014

      War and Peace, Mariinsky Theatre II, St Petersburg – review

      In the world of international opera, Russian houses do better than others in maintaining an edge in native repertoire. Look...

    4. April 25, 2014

      Hymn of praise to a beacon of quality

      The occasion was, you might think, nothing special. One of the many London-based classical orchestras, with its dedicated...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. December 19, 2012

      LSO/Gergiev, Barbican, London

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

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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....

    35. 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...

    36. May 27, 2011

      Musical Cinderellas

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

    37. 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....

    38. 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...

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