Valery Gergiev to conduct Verdi’s Requiem for victims of the Black Sea crash

It has been announced in Moscow that the Mariinsky conductor will lead an extraordinary concert on December 29 in memory of those who died in the Tupolev crash on Christmas Day.

Among the 62 Red Army ensemble members who lost their lives were, a spokesman, said ‘colleagues and friends who were associated with creative projects of Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Moscow Easter Festival.’


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  • Interestingly, the announcement has just only made on the webpage of the Mariinsky (at least so far: Gergiev and the Mariinsky have been scheduled to play at the Bolshoi anyhow. However, under the title “Festival of arts (Russian winter)” the audience traditionally expects some typical Russian music (as usual for a concert at New Year or New Year’s Eve). Although the program is not going public for those concerts in advance, the audience might be surprised to listen to an Italian requiem. Although I fully understand the change of program, I think it would be fair to disclose that to the Moscow audience in advance.

  • He’s hopeless with this score. Why not ask someone who understands Verdi? Or better yet, choose a mourning piece from Russian rep?

  • Verdi’s Requiem is such an incredibly great piece of music, it must move every person brought up in the European music tradition. And many Russians do have an ear for classical music, or other music of some quality. This Requiem is fiiting for the terrible tragedy which just happened, be theyRussians or other

    maybe more than many in Western Europe. I believe it is a good choice.

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