Valery Gergiev is the Principal Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and has almost single-handedly made St. Petersburg's Kirov Opera a household name. Gergiev is an exiting interpreter of Russian symphonic repertoire and has revived world attention to Prokofiev's music. Of particular interest is The Scythian Suite, which is based on ancient folk tales from the same region of the Caucasus where Gergiev has his roots, Ossetia.
In this thrilling performance, The Rotterdam Philharmonic showcases four stirring works: Stravinsky's Fireworks and Piano Concerto, Debussy's Le Martyre De Saint Sebastien and Prokofiev's Scythian Suite. This special release also features the intimately filmed documentary Valery Gergiev: In Rehearsal, which captures the fascinating dynamics between the galvanic conductor and his orchestra as they rehearse The Scythian Suite.