08 Dec 2018

Valery Gergiev in conversation with Stephan Koncz (19 min.)

After a break of three years, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev returned to the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform with the orchestra a programme of Claude Debussy’s Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and suites from stage works by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky. In an interview with the Philharmoniker’s cellist Stephan Koncz, Gergiev talks about the “revolution” unleashed by Russian composers in early Modernism, the close affinity between Russian and French music, the great importance of the Parisian success of the Ballets Russes, and recollects his time as a young musician when he was deeply influenced by such personalities as the conductor Evgeny Mrawinski and his teacher Ilja Mussin.

The concert