Valery Gergiev

From Mengelberg and Furtwängler to Gergiev and Dudamel, conductors have been exploited by despots

The thunder began just when they brought in the severed head. No kidding…

And now it’s home-time: last morning in Verbier, last post therefrom. Below: only in Verbier…

I have a piece in today’s Independent about Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky production of the Ring Cycle that’s coming to Covent Garden next week. It’s not often we have a chance to hear the whole Ring in 4 consecutive days – maybe it’s only Big G who’d attempt that – and I bet it’ll be a knockout…