Browsing Tag Valery Gergiev

Use the Force Valery

By | March 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | 2 comments

I remember walking down the Nanjing Road in Shanghai a couple of years ago and being offered goods aplenty. This week however it seems worse than ever. As I get further down the road, I can always see people suddenly step out from beside the shops and walk alongside me asking me...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

The Gesticulating Tourist

The Gesticulating Tourist

By | March 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm | 3 comments

Walking around Beijing, I find it hard to tell whether my lips are numb because of the cold, snow-laden wind blowing in my face, or the Szechuan peppers which were liberally sprinkled on my lunch. If you've never had them before, their effect on your mouth is an exciting...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, South Korea & China February & March 2012

Bad light stops play…eventually

By | September 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | 6 comments

Regular readers of the blog will not be surprised to know that I am writing this having just watched Wales destroy Namibia in the Rugby World Cup. My Welsh father and a childhood involving many trips to Cwmllynfell to see my granny, cast my musical soul in red many years ago....

Posted in: Guildford September 2011, LSO On Tour

Train Tension

By | May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | No comments

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven't felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip and was looking for volunteers for something or other. She...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments

I am at the moment sitting in a...

Posted in: Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour

Exit stage left

By | February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | No comments

Mahler's Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev's hands in the ample acoustic of the Lincoln Centre is...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Philadelphia/New York February 2011

The Mahler Question

By | August 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | 6 comments

After a relaxing break for a couple of weeks in the summer it would be nice to gradually ease myself back into work with something low pressure and easy. Of course in the music business this simply doesn't happen and so this week we were thrown straight back into the whirlwind...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?….Oh…it’s a bird….

By | February 18, 2010 at 1:27 am | 5 comments

Group A leaving at 5.30am after the concert or group B leaving at 10.25 am. Which would you choose? B. Well done, that is the correct answer, after all, leaving Poland at that ungodly hour would render me incapable of being sprightly dad at half term. So Group B it is, a...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Vienna/Warsaw February 2010

Cutting the mustard in Dijon

By | September 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm | 3 comments

I don't know what the French for joie de vivre is, but I left mine somewhere on the Barbican stage on Thursday night after Daphnis and Chloe. Well, really it was after a week which began 2 weeks earlier which had 2 performances of Daphnis, La Mer and a couple of concerti as...

Posted in: Dijon/Paris September 2009, LSO On Tour

Higher! Faster! Lauda!

By | August 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm | 7 comments

I may have imagined it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that I slept in my own bed yesterday, or was it the day before? After the Prom where socks were blown off and Christine Pendrill astonished us all with her fabulous cor anglais playing, we all had a short time to turn...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Summer festivals 2009

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