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 Post subject: 'VALERY GERGIEV AND THE KIROV: A Story of Survival' by
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2001 3:14 am 
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<B>True history of the Mariinsky gang</B> <BR>VALERY GERGIEV AND THE KIROV: A Story of Survival by John Ardoin<BR>A study of the Kirov's past was overdue, says Andrew Clark in The Financial Times, but the author remains at a distance from his subject. <P><BR>In 2003, when the city of St Petersburg marks the 300th anniversary of its founding, Valery Gergiev will celebrate his 50th birthday, his 25th year at the Mariinsky Theatre, and his 15th as its director. Already, in the decade since the fall of Communism, he has given the theatre an international lustre that recalls St Petersburg's imperial past. The Kirov - the Communist-era name under which the Mariinsky's opera and ballet companies still trade in the west - has toured the world relentlessly, and burned a place in our aesthetic consciousness.<P>The big questions are: how firm are the foundations on which this fame is built, and to what extent is the Kirov a glorified museum? John Ardoin puts it another way: could the Kirov "continue to command a leading position at home and abroad without a one-man show and stellar attraction like Gergiev"? Unfortunately, in his book summoning the Kirov's past and celebrating its present, that question has to wait until the very last sentence.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011208000688&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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I just bought this book. Looks good to me - but it will be a while until I can delve into it....my 'to read' book shelf is full.<P>It has some beautiful pictures of the theater and plans for the various design changes for the theater interior through the years. It looks to be a complete history of the theater and all that has happened to it and within it. Not just the building, but the people as well as the institution.<P>Also some beautiful pictures of dancers - especially Andrei Batalov as the Golden Idol in La Bayadere and Alexandra Volochkova as the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and also Agrippina Vaganova teaching class, Vakhtung Chabukiani, early Nureyev, early Makarova, Ulanova (some pictures I have never seen before of famous dancers) - as well as opera productions.<P>Here are the particulars in case you are interested:<P>published by Amadeus Press, The Haseltine Building, 133 S.W. Second Avenue, Suite 450, Portland, Oregon 97204, USA<P>ISBN 1-57467-064-6<P><BR>Then I bought "John Adams" by David McCullough - Adams is one of the most interesting people in history at my favorite time of history....but that's another story. <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited December 29, 2001).]


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<B>Lightning Conductor</B><BR>'Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: A Story of Survival' by John Ardoin, Amadeus. 296 pp. $34.95. Reviewed by Selwa Roosevelt for The Washington Post<P><BR>Valery Gergiev -- the charismatic Russian maestro who cuts a dashing, dynamic figure on the world's stage, and who has brought the Kirov Opera, Ballet and Orchestra of St. Petersburg back to their earlier glory -- is a riveting subject. And if you love music and dance, St. Petersburg and Russian culture, then John Ardoin's Valery Gergiev and the Kirov, with its well-researched text and its pages of beautiful illustrations, amply illustrates why.<P><A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59672-2002Jan3.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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An interview with Maestro Gergiev by Colin Eatcock in The Globe and Mail:

http://www.globeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030324/RVGERG


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Valery Gergiev
By Nina Large for The Times


“THERE is never a dull atmosphere here. It sparks,” Valery Gergiev says with a somewhat tired but friendly smile. It may be 1am at the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg but the day’s work is still very much in progress — staff are buzzing all around and meetings are taking place as if it were a normal Tuesday afternoon.

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