October 19, 2009
Valery Gergiev is one of the most dynamic conductors of our time: expressive face, penetrating eyes, dramatic gyrations and leaps on the podium. But he also likes to be very precise -- he generally conducts, not with a baton, but with a toothpick held between his right thumb and forefinger. Last month, Gergiev opened the new season with the London Symphony Orchestra by using a toothpick to conduct "Daphnis and Chloe" by Maurice Ravel.
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First movement from Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 ("Classical")
The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
Etude No. 4 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 10 ("Torrent")
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
Excerpts from "Daphnis and Chloe"
The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with conductor Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London, England
Etude No. 2 in C-sharp Minor
Pius Cheung, marimba
Ramsey Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
"The Birth of Venus" from "Three Botticelli Pictures"
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra with conductor JoAnn Falletta
Violinist Andres Cardenes and pianist Alpin Hong
Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor JoAnn Falletta
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
Variations on an Anatolian Tune
Pianist Sahan Arzruni
Merkin Concert Hall, New York City