“Sometimes people think they are holding a magic wand”says Valery Gergiev in a remarkably candid interview. Note the source – Tass, the organ of the former Soviet State. Read the article here.
Questioned about his demanding schedule, Gergiev explains “it;s a conductor’s job”. At the level at which Gergiev works, orchestras have numerous prep conductors. It’s maestro’s hjob to polish things. Working with dufferent orchestras keeps a conductor on his toes, and nourishes an interplay between diuffrerent orchstras. t’s n aive to assume that conductors have to stay in the same place all the time. Many creative people thrive on challenge.Indeed, such challenges come with the job description for most good conductors. Gergiev can be maddening, and sometimes come close to the witre, but that’s what makes him interesting.
Much more intriguing are Gergiev’s thoughts on the relationship between the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi. If anyone has a tab on Putin’s mind and the artistic scene in Russia, it’;s Gergiev, Heed his words.
Original Source: Gergiev speaks – candid interview