Monday, September 21, 2009

Interview with Valery Gergiev in The Observer

Ed Vulliamy wrote about Valery Gergiev in The Observer here and posted a fascinating audio interview as well. In the audio interview Gergiev says that conducting is not just about beating time and showing entrances - if it were only about precision then the metronome would be the greatest conductor in the world. About 14 minutes into the interview, Gergiev also mentioned seeing and hearing a Russian conductor by the name of Yevgeny Mravinsky and how great this conductor was - even though it looked like he was just barely moving on the podium. Mravinsky is the conductor that Carlos Kalmar referred to in the Portland Monthly article with admiration.

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