★★★★ BACHTRACK Valery of the Quivering Toothpick, now conducting without a score and without a rostrum, drew a powerful, surging account of this magnificent symphony. […] A thrilling, astonishing account.
THE TIMES Gergiev and his players achieved an intimacy and clarity almost equal to that of Heras-Casao and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
THE ARTS DESK Finally, in the Fifth Symphony of Shostakovich, the Mariinsky players demonstrated that they still dine at the top table of the world’s orchestras
SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONALit made a sonorous yet miraculously word-precise impact. […] this was a memorable evening and one that left me wanting to hear more..
THE NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW The Mariinsky chorus was impressive thundering out the texts and the interplay between the male and female chorus was stirring and dramatic