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Valery Gergiev: Russian music has no problems, those who want to stop it have problems

BEIJING, March 27 – RIA Novosti. Russian conductor Valery Gergiev said at a press conference that Russian music does not face problems and that there are those who think they can stop it.

“Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov are not only popular, they are not only loved, but also have the highest priority for hundreds of millions of people around the world … I am not worried about Russian composers, I am not at all worried about Russian music. It is our music that conflicts with problems not people who believe they can stop Russian or Italian music,” Gergiev replied.

According to him, “it’s too late to try to stop Tchaikovsky.”

“We believe in the power of music, I believe that our music knows no bounds. Especially on the basis of national character, the power of music is to show the rest of the world how beautiful Chinese, Russian, German, French music is.” stressed that.

The maestro added that the music does not belong to individual nations that include specific composers.

Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra will tour in China from March 27-29, performing three concerts in Beijing on the stage of the longtime partner of the group, the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Mariinsky Theatre.

The performance program in Beijing includes the best symphonic works by domestic and European composers.

The first evening is devoted to Russian heritage – Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony No. 1, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth “Patient” Symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Symphony Suite.

In the second concert, Debussy’s The Afternoon of a Faun, fragments from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky’s Paintings at an Exhibition and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony will be performed.

On the final evening, Rossini’s “William Tell” opera overture and two Symphonyms, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” and Bruckner’s “Romantic,” will be performed on the stage of the NCPA concert hall.

On March 30, Gergiev will stand on the podium of the National Center for the Performing Arts orchestra, which will play Tchaikovsky’s compositions “Variations on the Rococo Theme” and the Fifth Symphony.

It was previously reported that Maestro Vladimir Fedoseev’s tour of Japan was a huge success.

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