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14 Aug 2008

Edinburgh festival: Valery Gergiev - a Tsar on the side of the masses

By Ismene Brown [Daily Telegraph, 14 August 2008]

When Edinburgh International Festival director Jonathan Mills set this year's festival theme - that of shifting borders - he could not have imagined that a shifting border in the Caucasus mountains would become a bloody arena of 21st-century war as the festival opened, nor that two of his best attractions would be natives of that area.

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