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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, officially came to a close on Sunday with a ceremony that drew heavily on centuries of Russian culture. In addition to music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, there were performances by the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Ballets, as well as an homage to artist Marc Chagall. Sunday's closing ceremony took place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium and was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ceremony opened with a hologrammatic montage set to passages from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.
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March 12, 2014 | By David Ng
Valery Gergiev, the internationally renowned Russian conductor, has joined a host of other arts and cultural figures from Russia in support of President Vladimir Putin's controversial policies in Ukraine's Crimea region. The conductor was one of 100 signatories of an open letter released this week backing Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and the government's efforts to annex Crimea. The letter was posted on the website of Russia's culture ministry on Wednesday.  The letter's signatories say that they "firmly state support for the position of the president of the Russian Federation" in the region, according to translated reports.
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December 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Valery Gergiev is the major conductor today for whom the most superlatives apply. He is commonly hailed as Russia's greatest living conductor. As the general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg - which includes Russia's leading opera and ballet companies and symphony orchestra - he is his country's most powerful, prominent, celebrated, decorated and highly paid musician. He is also the cultural figure with the closest ties to the Kremlin. Gergiev and President Vladimir V. Putin are longtime friends.
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February 24, 2014 | By David Ng
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, officially came to a close on Sunday with a ceremony that drew heavily on centuries of Russian culture. In addition to music by Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, there were performances by the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Ballets, as well as an homage to artist Marc Chagall. Sunday's closing ceremony took place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium and was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ceremony opened with a hologrammatic montage set to passages from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition.
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May 24, 2000
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will present a concert by the Kirov Orchestra led by Valery Gergiev at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The program wasn't announced. Subscribers to the Philharmonic Society's 2000-01 series will get priority seating at a ticket price of $20. Remaining tickets, at $55 each, will go on sale June 1 at the theater box office and through the Philharmonic Society. Call (949) 553-2422.
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October 8, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Forget for a moment that he seems to fit the bill of the dark, brooding Russian. Forget for a moment notions about the sound of Russian orchestras being somewhat gruff. Remember instead that as artistic director of St.
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November 28, 2010 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Someday the naysayers will be right, of course. Nothing lasts forever. But classical CDs and DVDs remain plentiful, and it was a great year. Buy, wrap and give the real thing while you still can. Downloads make lousy gifts. "Dinastia Borja" (Alia Vox), a sumptuously illustrated book with three sumptuously recorded CDs of some of the most enthralling Renaissance music you've ever heard, may be the one you want for yourself. The latest lavish set from the Catalan viol player and conductor Jordi Savall ?
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May 7, 1995 | Mark Swed, Mark Swed is a free-lance writer based in New York. and
Nothing, we are told, works in Russia anymore. Nobody, we are also told, works in Russia anymore. But don't believe it. The Kirov Opera works. In less than five years, the legendary--but, until recently, somewhat dowdy--opera company of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg has become one of the most talked about, most widely and regularly traveled and most recorded opera companies in the world.
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May 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
The London Symphony Orchestra on Monday named globetrotting Russian conductor Valery Gergiev its next principal conductor, succeeding Sir Colin Davis. It said Gergiev, who has numerous international commitments, would begin a three-year contract Jan. 1, 2007. Davis, 77, who has been principal conductor since 1995, will become the orchestra's president.
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April 16, 2005
When a person does not like a piece of music that I happen to like, I think "too bad for him." That person is missing out on a pleasurable experience. But when a music critic writes that there is "nothing to relate to" in a piece of music that I really love ["The Russian Soul Poured Out," by Chris Pasles, April 14], I am worried that some friend of mine might read this and believe it, thereby missing out on an opportunity for a wonderful musical experience. It is hard to understand how he can state objectively that Prokofiev's Second Symphony is "impersonal, distant and inhuman."
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December 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Valery Gergiev is the major conductor today for whom the most superlatives apply. He is commonly hailed as Russia's greatest living conductor. As the general and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg - which includes Russia's leading opera and ballet companies and symphony orchestra - he is his country's most powerful, prominent, celebrated, decorated and highly paid musician. He is also the cultural figure with the closest ties to the Kremlin. Gergiev and President Vladimir V. Putin are longtime friends.
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May 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Wednesday marked Richard Wagner's 200th birthday, and Bayreuth's big dude is bigger than ever, which is saying something. Record companies have been releasing and re-releasing Wagner recordings this year to an endlessly excessive extent. But the one that thus far stands out most, which is also really saying something, is a performance of Wagner's most popular “Ring” cycle opera, “Die Walküre,” from the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg and conducted by Valery Gergiev.
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November 28, 2010 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Someday the naysayers will be right, of course. Nothing lasts forever. But classical CDs and DVDs remain plentiful, and it was a great year. Buy, wrap and give the real thing while you still can. Downloads make lousy gifts. "Dinastia Borja" (Alia Vox), a sumptuously illustrated book with three sumptuously recorded CDs of some of the most enthralling Renaissance music you've ever heard, may be the one you want for yourself. The latest lavish set from the Catalan viol player and conductor Jordi Savall ?
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March 21, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
On Wednesday and Thursday nights, Valery Gergiev led incomparably great performances of Prokofiev's two great symphonies -- the Fifth and the Sixth -- with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. The celebrated Russian conductor stood erect and looked imperious. He wiggled his left hand, as he is known to do when he needs more expression from the strings or simply wants to drive his more ardent female admirers into a frenzy, but not nearly as much as he once did. The wild man of the Mariinsky Theatre was not wild.
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November 17, 2007 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
For good and for ill, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, which came to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday night, is old Russia. The old is literal. Not only is this Russia's longest standing symphonic ensemble, but these St. Petersburgers maintain a musical tradition unmatched anywhere. Yevgeny Mravinsky, probably the greatest Russian conductor of all time, became the orchestra's music director in 1938 and held the post until his death 50 years later.
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October 9, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
ON a weekend when Los Angeles flexed its popular-culture muscles, filling its sports stadiums with epic struggle and its streets downtown with epic-scaled rock music, Orange County set its sights on achieving high culture's most coveted epic. Friday night, it began the first part of Southern California's first major "Ring" cycle, with a great deal of hoopla and a great deal of help from Russia's Kirov Opera and its mesmeric conductor, Valery Gergiev.
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May 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
The London Symphony Orchestra on Monday named globetrotting Russian conductor Valery Gergiev its next principal conductor, succeeding Sir Colin Davis. It said Gergiev, who has numerous international commitments, would begin a three-year contract Jan. 1, 2007. Davis, 77, who has been principal conductor since 1995, will become the orchestra's president.
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April 16, 2005
When a person does not like a piece of music that I happen to like, I think "too bad for him." That person is missing out on a pleasurable experience. But when a music critic writes that there is "nothing to relate to" in a piece of music that I really love ["The Russian Soul Poured Out," by Chris Pasles, April 14], I am worried that some friend of mine might read this and believe it, thereby missing out on an opportunity for a wonderful musical experience. It is hard to understand how he can state objectively that Prokofiev's Second Symphony is "impersonal, distant and inhuman."
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