You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro
You Cannot Start Without Me: Valery Gergiev, Maestro (2009)

As artistic director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Valery Gergiev is one of the world's best -- and busiest -- conductors.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 26, 2010
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Footage from various rehearsals (Gergiev is imported to orchestras around the world, like a talisman) gives a strong sense of his struggle to locate and elicit the emotional effect he seeks from his musicians.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

The year's most electrifying documentary to date features a charismatic composer who conducts segments from Europe's great classical, operatic and ballet composers.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The movie, though conventional in form, brings us close to an elemental ferocity just barely held in check.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

An unabashed sales job for symphonic Russian legend Valery Gergiev produces some of the most beautiful music in any video as well as some insight into the current maestro of maestros.

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