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Customer Reviews

A Splendid Whiff

This first in Mariinski label releases shows Maestro Gergiev at his energetic best, and leaves one hoping that superb recordings from the new Concert Hall will abound. Perhaps an odd choice for an initial outing, but really a fun selection with lots of thrilling highs and an injection of folk and atonal elements. Based on Gogol's story of a nose that "runs" off on its owner, then appears around St. Petersburg dressed as a pomp official, rejecting its owner's pleas, it is a fun tale. The opera premiered 80 years ago and disappeared for most of the Soviet era, perhaps seen as a jab at authority. Even now, it may jab at new money and those who have left us in a global economic mess. Musically, it is a wild ride, and only Valery Gergiev could take us along on this roller coaster. Of special note, the production values are superb, and hats off to the engineers for capturing perfect sound in one of the world's greatest new venues. Let that Nose run!

Biography

Born: May 2, 1953 in Moscow, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Valery Gergiev emerged in the 1980s as one of the most exciting new conductors, particularly of opera and ballet, and has maintained and enhanced his reputation ever since. He is also known for the rather gruff, unshaven appearance he cultivates. Born in Moscow to Ossetian parents, he showed tremendous musical talent in early childhood. Deciding while still in his teens that he wanted to become a conductor, Gergiev entered the conducting class of Ilya Musin at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory....
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Shostakovich: The Nose, Valery Gergiev
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Opera
  • Released: Jun 09, 2009

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