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Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: A Story of Survival
     

Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: A Story of Survival

by John Ardoin
 

(Amadeus). Acclaimed music journalist John Ardoin focuses on the inspired directorship of Valery Gergiev in his eloquent celebration of the Kirov theater and its heroic survival. In the 1990s this great artistic institution regained its original name, the Mariinsky Theater, and thanks to Gergiev's efforts won back its status as Russia's premier opera theatre.

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(Amadeus). Acclaimed music journalist John Ardoin focuses on the inspired directorship of Valery Gergiev in his eloquent celebration of the Kirov theater and its heroic survival. In the 1990s this great artistic institution regained its original name, the Mariinsky Theater, and thanks to Gergiev's efforts won back its status as Russia's premier opera theatre. HARDCOVER.

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Library Journal
In 1988, at the age of 35, Valery Gergiev became principal conductor and artistic director of the Kirov Opera and Ballet at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). With origins that date to imperial Russia in 1860, the Kirov has had a long and rich history. Its post-Communist survival and growth have been spearheaded by the charismatic Gergiev, who has worked to preserve both the traditions and the repertory of the Mariinsky and to introduce innovations so that it can compete with the greatest Western theaters. He oversees hundreds of performers and support staff, plans a demanding schedule of performances, recruits exceptionally talented guest artists, and fund-raises tirelessly. Asked by Gergiev himself to write this book, music critic Ardoin spent 1995-96 in St. Petersburg doing research and attending the theater. By his own admission, he has written four books in one: a portrait of Gergiev, a history of the building and the artists, a personal journal of the theater as seen by a Westerner, and the story of this institution's struggle to survive. Ardoin's critical comments are astute if not in-depth. Opera and ballet fans will enjoy the rare, behind-the-scenes view of this venerable institution and its occupants. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries. Joan Stahl, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Ardoin (1935-2001, music critic, ) offers a month-by-month chronicle of his year in Saint Petersburg witnessing the work of Valery Gergiev at the Kirov theater. The book is at once a portrait of the conductor, a history of the theater, and a look at its current artistic standing. A discography and videography are included. Numerous color photographs are prominently featured. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574670646
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.12(d)

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