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‘You Could Souse Herrings In Chords Like These’: London Critic Smacks Gergiev And The Mariinsky – Hard – For Underrehearsal

Anna Picard: “Precision has never been part of the Gergiev-Mariinsky rough magic package. While not exactly sight-reading, the orchestra played as though rehearsing for the first time, without stopping to correct infelicities of articulation, intonation, blend, balance and ensemble. If authenticity is sounding like a mutinous scratch band in Cherepovets, this performance had plenty of […
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