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Valery Gergiev

October 14, 2009

Gergiev's 'La Mer' in London

Conductor Valery Gergiev brings a penetrating intelligence to the podium, but when the moment for music-making arrives, he also has a primal intensity that can produce riveting performances. From a concert last month in London, Gergiev leads the London Symphony in Claude Debussy's musical picture of the primal power of the sea, "La Mer."

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hour 1

  • Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
    Intermezzo No. 2 in G for Orchestra
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Neeme Jarvi
  • Bela Bartok
    Excerpts from Duets for Two Violins
    Violinists William Harvey and Erin Aldridge
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Beth Hartman from St. Paul, MN.
  • Claude Debussy
    "La Mer"
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
    Barbican Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • George Frideric Handel
    Passacaglia
    Violinist Paolo Ciociola and cellist David Amadio with Interpreti Veneziani Baroque Orchestra
    Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Passacaglia from Violin Concerto in E, RV 583
    Violinist Giuliano Carmignola with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conductor Andrea Marcon
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    First movement from Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
    Pianist Jonathan Biss, violinist Steven Copes, and cellist Ronald Thomas
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Jonathan Biss, Steven Copes, and Ronald Thomas
  • Joseph Haydn
    Overture to "L'infedelta Delusa" ("Deceit Outwitted")
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Third movement from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique")
    Pianist Jonathan Biss
  • Anton Webern
    Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1
    The German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin with conductor Ingo Metzmacher
    Edinburgh Festival International, Edinburgh, Scotland
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