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The Art Of Valery Gergiev

Gergiev,Valery
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1083441   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievSergei RachmaninovNikolai Rimsky-KorsakovAlexander Borodin,   ... 
Performer:  Olga BorodinaLang LangSergei LevitinAlexander Toradze,   ... 
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater OrchestraKirov Theater ChorusSt. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The brass really snarl in "The Crusaders in Pskov" and the great "Battle on the Ice", while the chorus shouts and screams and generally has an aptly unsubtle blast in its variously loud roles as invading Germans and suffering (then victorious) Russians. No doubt Olga Borodina could sing her battlefield lament in her sleep, but happily she never sounds like she's actually doing that. Philips' engineers bring the orchestra up close but leave plenty of air around the voices, so that the general impression has an aptly cinematic vastness and depth.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the original release of Alexander Nevsky, Philips
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As in his opera recordings, Gergiev gives a strong and well-paced reading. Although he takes what one might think of as a more traditional approach, he brings an appropriate warmth and also possesses considerable command of the architecture.

-- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
reviewing the Rachmaninov Second Symphony, originally released as Philips 438864


Recorded under live conditions but without an audience in St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, this Scheherazade is the most red-blooded, exciting account of Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral warhorse that I know, helped by full, immediate sound of a richness rare in Russian recordings... Lyapunov’s arrangement of Balakirev’s piano showpiece sounds almost like an extra movement of Scheherazade. Both performance and recording...have a power that pins you back in your seat, making this a demonstration disc in every way.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/2002]
reviewing the Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin and Balakirev recordings, originally released as Philips 470840


Valery Gergiev gives the Fifth an admirably direct, clean performance full of excitement and intensity. He builds the first movement's central climax with unerring skill, makes due allowance for the Scherzo's ironic humor without overdoing it, and paces the great Largo just about as well as anyone ever has. He treats the finale as an unambiguous triumph, with crushing bass drum and timpani, and throughout the Kirov Orchestra gives a 100 percent effort. In sum, this is a very good rendition of an oft-recorded classic.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the Shostakovich Fifth, originally released as Philips 475065




Probably the most extraordinary Rite of Spring to have been dreamt up and committed to disc since Stravinsky’s own final (and finest) 1960 recording... Among modern interpreters, I can’t think of anyone better than Gergiev in the important dual roles of showman and shaman. So many of the score’s darker workings have a striking profile here – tubas bellowing strange moans, the bass drum sending shock waves around the performance space, the lower strings in ‘Spring Rounds’ almost ‘exhaling’ their notes, and, for once, giving a proper foundation to that most significant of quiet chords – the one where the Sage kisses the earth... The delaying tactics – theatrical pauses and suspensions – worried me a little more in the second half of Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy – along with Gergiev’s extremes of tempo in the piece. It is arguable that Scriabin’s scheme here includes related tempos which allow for something like a single almost unbroken pulse throughout the piece – whether the music happens to be languishing or flying. Pletnev presents it that way, as, more or less, does Muti. And arguably again, the first big moment of arrival – when all those horns take over and expand the trumpet’s assertions (amid the clangour of multiple bell sounds) – is more effective if what has preceded it is sensed as an accumulation rather than a series of radically contrasted episodes. But should one be thinking these thoughts when offered a Poem of Ecstasy which openly embraces the extravagant wonders of the piece as this one does? I doubt it. Better to marvel at all the mysterious curves, the fabulous dark rushes of sound, the celebratory splendours, and the final resolution (dissolution?) into an uncomplicated glory of C major (a moment Gergiev chooses not to delay, but seemingly to hasten into – very welcome!).

Here, as in The Rite, the superb recording is a very important player in the overall success, not least because it allows all the lower voices to make their presence felt as well as heard – freely and fully.

-- Gramophone Magazine
reviewing The Rite of Spring and Poem of Ecstasy, originally released as Philips 468035


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Works on This Recording

1. Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Date of Recording: May 2002 
Venue:  Live  Moscow Easter Festival, Russia 
Length: 33 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2. Scythian Suite, Op. 20 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 
Date of Recording: July 2002 
Venue:  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 19 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 36 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4. Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Lang Lang (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 24 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 27 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; Russia 
6. Scheherazade, Op. 35 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Sergei Levitin (Violin)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theater, St Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 45 Minutes 51 Secs. 
7. In the steppes of central Asia by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theater, St Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8. Oriental Fantasy for Piano, Op. 18 "Islamey" by Mily Balakirev
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1902; Russia 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Mariinsky Theater, St Petersburg, Russia 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9. Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/30/2002 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 47 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10. Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Festival House, Baden-Baden, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11. Symphony no 4, Op. 54 "Poem of ecstasy" by Alexander Scriabin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1908; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1999 
Venue:  Festival House, Baden-Baden, Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12. Firebird by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
13. Prometheus, Op. 60 "Poem of Fire" by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Alexander Toradze (Piano)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1910; Russia 
14. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Vadim Repin (Violin)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 34 Minutes 36 Secs. 
15. Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 44 by Nikolay Myaskovsky
Performer:  Vadim Repin (Violin)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  Live  Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 36 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16. Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 08/1998 
Venue:  Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, Germany 
Length: 80 Minutes 58 Secs. 
17. Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Mikaelli Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 47 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18. Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Mikaeli Hall, Mikkeli, Finland 
Length: 20 Minutes 51 Secs. 
19. Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
20. Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
21. Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1950-1954 
22. Prince Igor: Polovtsian March by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
23. Baba-Yaga, Op. 56 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1891-?1904; Russia 
24. Kikimora, Op. 63 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; Russia 
25. 1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Dutch Royal Military Band
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
26. Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
27. Boris Godunov: Prologue - I am oppressed "Coronation scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
28. Marche slave, Op. 31 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
29. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Polonaise by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
30. Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
31. The enchanted lake, Op. 62 by Anatole Liadov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1909; Russia 
32. Capriccio italien, Op. 45 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 

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