Valery Gergiev & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
The LA Times recently wondered if Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinski Theatre could be Russia’s ‘secret weapon’. In the last few years, conductor Gergiev has brought an unprecedented boom to St. Petersburg’s music scene, adding spaces to the Mariinsky Theatre and new ensembles to take on a wider range of repertoire. That repertoire is often Russian, but it’s consistently ‘electrifying’ according to the critics. Their concerts are sensational, disciplined and overwhelming, leaving the audience ‘spellbound’ long after the last notes have faded away, wrote the Guardian.
Gergiev has chosen three of Russia’s greatest composers for this concert: Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. You’ll hear the latter’s Symphony no. 6, better known as the 'Pathétique'. It’s ‘pathetic’ in the more positive sense of emotional: impassioned, driven, thrilling. Tchaikovsky doesn’t let your heart rest for even a moment as he quickly moves from profound melancholy to an exhilarating march. The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre will begin the concert with a suite from The Tale of Tsar Sultan by Rimsky-Korsakov. The entire opera, conducted by Gergiev, was recently released on CD and has received rave reviews. You’ll also hear Stravinsky’s neo-classical Symphony in C.