Istituto Europeo di Musica
General and Art Director Davide Polovineo

IEM Archive- Annales 2008-2010

Event: Ossetia Memorial Concert 2008 [3/5]
P.I. Tchaikovsky's Symphony N° 6 - 3° Movement: Allegro molto vivace
Mariinsky Orchestra
Cond. Valery Gergiev

From "The Telegraph"

Conductor Valery Gergiev: Ossetia's most famous son

Valery Gergiev's provocative performance in South Ossetia will come as little surprise to the arts community, where he has used his position as one of the world's leading conductors to sing the praises of his homeland.

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor 6:47PM BST 21 Aug 2008

Gergiev is Ossetia's most famous son and an outspoken supporter of the Moscow regime. He counts Vladimir Putin as a close friend - indeed, the two men are said to be godfather to one another's children. They met in the early 1990s, when Putin was deputy mayor of St Petersburg and a regular at the Mariinsky Theatre, where Gergiev is artistic director.
Until the outbreak of hostilities in South Ossetia, his main gripe was the West's perceived politicising of Russian composers. Such thinking is a product of the "propaganda wars" perpetuated by "boring people who don't hear the music", he said.
Now he believes the West has got it wrong again, casting Russia as the aggressors in this latest conflict.
At the Edinburgh International Festival last week, Gergiev entered into a war of words with Nina Ananiashvili of the Georgian State Ballet, who begged the international community to come to Georgia's aid.
"Do you know how many were burned alive?" he demanded. "The world should know the truth of what happened. Does the world know how many people were killed? Does the world know who killed these people? Does the world think Russians killed Russians? An investigation has to take place, the faces have to be discovered and declared

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