While conductor extraordinaire Valery Gergiev was in town last week to complete his Mahler Cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra, he stopped by to talk with Gilbert Kaplan, host of “Mad About Music.”
- His interpretation of Mahler is sharply influenced by “the human understanding of Gustav Maher of the world he was living in.”
- Pieces he has still not yet conducted: Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony and Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
- Why he has returned to conducting in white tie and tails: “Maybe I made some mistakes just wearing a shirt.”
- Why he took a blisteringly fast tempo for the finale of Mahler’s Seventh and tried to create a “red hot” conclusion of the first movement.
- He worries about losing the audience: “What I fear most they start to feel ugh, uninteresting, boring, too slow, maybe too loud or too pretentious.”
- Why he no longer conducts with such large dramatic gestures.
- His musical selections are from Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Rimsky-Korsakov.