Talk:Valery Gergiev

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Perhaps the opinions need to be marked off by something more cautious and indicative. (Hapless Hero 01:33, 9 June 2006 (UTC))

Date of birth discrepancy[edit]

there seems to be some kind of discrepancy on the date of birth:

are there any other validating sources out there? --emerson7 | Talk 18:22, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

It is without a doubt 2 May 1953. 21 September may be his wedding anniversary. Here are some sources:

His Decca Homepage has a biography timeline here:

from the book, "Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: a Story of Survival" by John Ardoin, pg 18

The Moscow Times in this piece from April 2008 references a gala concert for the maestro's birthday to occur during the Easter Festival from Russian Orthodox Easter till May 9

The russian blog references an iclassic article about the Maestro's 50th birthday...the link to the article is defunct, unfortunately but they copied the English.... "iclassics публикует большое интервью с Валерием Гергиевым - смешно, но болтают снова о Прокофьеве и Шостаковиче. Эта парочка просто неразлучима.

"2003 is a year of celebration for Valery Gergiev, who reaches a personal milestone on May 2, his 50th Birthday. The charismatic Russian conductor has been engaged in a series of high-profile appearances in the US in past weeks, which included performances at the Metropolitan Opera and a tour with the Kirov Orchestra.

Reviewing the recent Gergiev/Kirov performance at Washington's Kennedy Center, Tim Page observed in the Washington Post that "Gergiev's leadership was charged with a palpable urgency and heat that made this Mahler Ninth one of the most exciting I've had...the central, the essential virtue of great music making - it was thoroughly, blazingly alive."

Sirpaulfan (talk) 23:46, 18 December 2008 (UTC)


Aren't both the Rite of Spring and The Firebird ballets? Thus shouldn't they be listed in his discography under ballet? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:38, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Spelling of the Name[edit]

I know it's just a transliteration, but I think in English the more common spelling is 'Gergiev'. Perhaps the article could be moved? Leoniceno (talk) 09:46, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

Every concert rpgoramme etc that I've seen uses Gergiev - indeed other than the opening he's referred to throughout the article as Gergiev! David Underdown (talk) 09:28, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
I moved it. Even his own homepage uses the commonly accepted spelling, so this WP article going against that is WP:OR Antienne (talk) 23:09, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

Why are you hiding facts[edit]

I've made some changes according to real information available on network - videos, information agencies etc: conducted a concert near the ruined building of the South Ossetian Parliament as tribute to the victims of the war and said that 2000 innocent people were killed, but this face was never proved and denied by all sides of war

This is confirmed information and this shame shouldn't be hidden from history. Not saying real bad things for person is really bad thing. Especially when we are accusing nations for things they've never done. This is shame of Gergiev, this is fact and this should be on this page do you like it or not. (talk) 22:52, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Pronunciation of surname[edit]

Should his surname by pronounced as GjÉrgijev (with an E sound like in "Edward") or - as I would have expected given Russian spelling and phonetic rules - as GjÓrgijev (with the O as in "order")? I've heard somewhere it should be Gjérgijev, but I'm suspicious... Any information here would be most welcome! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:44, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

==Good question, as there is even a third possibility: GjérgjOf, as in "Pletnyof" (for Mikhail Pletnev), for example. I hope one of our Russian-speaking editors can elucidate this. MUSIKVEREIN (talk) 12:05, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Thank you very much for your reply, MUSIKVEREIN. Due to that Pljetnjóv's name has the 'e'-character both immediately preceded and followed by consonants (other cases are Gorbachjóv and Khrushchjóv, for quick reference), I'm disinclined to think that Gjórgijev / Gjérgijev would be so affected since the 'i'-character comes just before the 'je'-character in both the original Cyrillic version of the name as well as its Latin transliterations. [Here one could have wished to have known how the name would have been written using the Old Russian alphabet (pre-1918, after which 5 characters were dropped and a few other things were simplified), as an accented 'je' had then a special character to clarify matters...] —Preceding unsigned comment added by LJBrutus (talkcontribs) 06:20, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

Involvement in Politics: Pro-Putin Stance[edit]

Valery is active in Politics, and a lively supporter of Putin: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:39, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Does it not say as much in the article already? Alfietucker (talk) 13:46, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Recent edits[edit]

I am not sure what this user is trying to achieve [1]. The subject of this page has certain political views. He does not hide them, he expresses them publicly; he has every right to do so, and this was published everywhere. What's the problem? My very best wishes (talk) 03:17, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

@Voyage60. Please realize: this is not a negative information about living person. These are his political views he wants to be known by signing letters, giving interviews, etc. These are views he is probably proud of. Please see how that was done on ruwiki [2]. Making something similar here would be fine. My very best wishes (talk) 13:22, 11 September 2015 (UTC)

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