For its 60th edition, Ghent Festival of Flanders is proud to welcome a household name: the conductor Valery Gergiev. Gergiev won the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Contest in Berlin while still a student, and today is one of the most in-demand conductors in the world. As principal conductor of leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, he has won a range of prizes and distinctions. His flamboyant conducting style has become a well-known phenomenon.
Gergiev brings with him the equally legendary Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, of which he has been principal conductor and artistic director for many years. Under his tutelage, this more than two-hundred-year-old orchestra has become one of the best in the world.
In Ghent, Gergiev and Mariinsky have chosen a work that perfectly suited to their talents: Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony. Shostakovich felt that the drama and tragedy in the work would not be accepted by the Soviet regime and therefore postponed its premiere until after Stalin’s death, which was followed by a period of relative calm. It is a masterpiece of inexhaustible emotional expression, the greatest of his 15 symphonies.
Zavod - The Iron Foundry, Op. 19
Vioolconcerto nr. 1, Op. 19
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Symfonie nr. 4 in c mineur, Op. 43
Pavel Milyukov, violin
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev