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Totting up Gergiev’s LSO air miles

There was much kerfuffle when it was announced that Valery Gergiev was to take over as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in January 2007. But as the moment approaches when he will take up the baton formerly wielded by Colin Davis, questions are being asked about what kind of commitment Gergiev will be able to offer. This is a conductor described by the New Yorker as carrying “a disproportionate share of the music world on his shoulders.” He is artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg; he…

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