Those are the Noodles from the photo, the great Armenian trio on the program of the Jubilee Concert.
It would be stupid of me to write about music being impermissibly ignorant and also completely deaf. Therefore, let us talk about only the sensual, almost haptic. The doors of the hall have not been open for a long time ,"The maestro must achieve absolute tone." And then finally ... One of the best orchestras in the world - the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra – is on the stage. Another moment, the door from another world opened, and he entered the stage. No, rather, he flew out. Sculpturally statuesque, fast, free, wearing something black and flying, like a cloak of the Master. He was all movement. Valery Abisalovich Gergiev. Its name is graphic like mountain ledges and the rocky fractures of Osetia, is musical as noise of the cascade water-rich Terek in spring, is twitchy-rebellious like the spouting relic natural spring, is solemn like the silence above Tsada lake, it is forbidden like the high flight of golden eagle, almost invisible from the earth. This is him, a bearded Ossetian in a hood coming from the rock, the Guardian who shot down the golden-horned wild ox, according to an old legend. But as a contrary to the legend, he presented these horns to Saint George, the patron saint of his land, receiving as a blessing a sacred talent as a reward. His trembling fingers are like the still folded wings of an eagle fluttering in the wind on a rock ledge before the takeoff. And the conductor's baton, tracing the space, seems to be cutting the air for flight. He stands now in a pencil of light, slightly bowing his head over the score, as if over an old recipe; and the great music fills the hall conjuring, bewitching and rising. It laughs, dances, cries, whispers about love, and sings, sings its eternal, ancient, great Armenian song inscribed in the common genome. The Master, the Guide, the spiritual ecologist is irreconcilably, like with a false note, is fighting the pandemic of deafness with the only curative vaccine of music. Only a little bit he bared fingers, like wires, to ground, to make it possible for us to hear what he hears from above. The festivals of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, timed to coincide with the anniversaries of the great, St. Petersburg "Stars of the White Nights", Moscow Easter, Munich. It is not the geography of the Conductor, but the biography of the Man. It was at the bidding of his heart that Chaconne Bach sounded in the amphitheater of the Syrian Palmyra in the memory of the executed by the militants and the deceased Russian officer. And today's only anniversary Moscow evening also happens at the bidding of his heart. Dedicated to the three Armenian composers, those whom he knew, respected infinitely, whom he was friends with. As a tribute to the memory, as a wreath on their graves. It was as if his brilliant hands had carefully strung another priceless pearl on a torn, woven ancient thread stretched through a century by the three great composers. Thank you for this evening. And... Bravo, maestro!