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In Reply to: RE: Batiashvili contra Putin posted by Jay Buridan on April 15, 2017 at 19:02:06
Gergiev is IMO one of the best Shostakovich conductors of recent time..... Although my opinion of him isn't quite so high outside the Russian repertoire.....
my sample size is very small -- his performance of Berlioz's Romeo & Juliet. But that's poor enough to discourage me from sampling more of him on spec.
. . . and despite the fact that he uses that silly "fluttering fingers" method of conducting, I feel that Gergiev has made some truly outstanding recordings. Indeed, quite a few of those LSO albums are exceptional IMHO, including the Prokofiev Symphonies (not even on hi-rez!), the Ravel, the Debussy, the first three Tchaikovsky symphonies - and then there's quite a bit with other orchestras which is also sensational, including the last three Tchaikovsky symphonies (blu-ray), a couple of the Wagner operas (man, was THAT unexpected!),. . . While one may feel that the sheer number of Gergiev releases could be excessive, his ratio of hits to misses is pretty darn high IMHO.
Of course, I have no opinion at all regarding his Shostakovitch, and jdaniel could be right about his Petrouchka (I haven't heard it), but I think that, yes, we have to give Gergiev his due.
I didn't realize he was tight with Putin. That does negatively influence me, but not enough to pretend that concert I attended wasn't memorable. Actually, I was more impressed by the orchestra than him - the woodwind players' *sounds* knocked me out among other things.
Haven't heard him conduct anything other than Russian music.
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