Gergiev conducts ‘like a zombie’main
A brutal review in Munich’s Abendzeitung of a Gergiev Mozart performance:
… the absence of any form of musical dialogue and rhetorical shape was disturbing. Everything looked zombie-like, routine and maximally inanimate…. Gergiev treats Schubert, like Mozart, as a plaster bust… Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn would possibly agree quite quickly if they were consulted on an entry ban for the conductor as demanded by the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny.