Rimsky-Korsakov - The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7109D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th January 2014
Chorus of Netherlands Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is a fanciful fairy tale, yet at the same time a parable on repression and political conceit. The peasant girl Fevroniya’s prayer that the city of Kitezh becomes invisible, thus protecting it from Tatar attack, is magically heeded. The girl herself, however, is captured by the invaders.
The leitmotifs and highly expressive musical tone-painting tell the story, based on a pantheist world view, almost on their own. Grand crowd scenes contrast with a internal treatment similar to the music dramas of Richard Wagner.
Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the dramatic staging comes from the renowned Russian director, Dmitri Tcherniakov.
- Fevroniya: Svetlana Ignatovich
- Grishka Kuterma: John Daszak
- Prince Yuriy Vsevolodovich: Vladimir Vaneev
- Prince Vsevolod Yuryevich: Maxim Aksenov
- Bedyay: Ante Jerkunica
- Burunday: Vladimir Ognovenko
- Fyodor Poyarok: Alexey Markov
- Page: Mayram Sokolova
Director: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Recorded live at the De Nederlandse Opera, February 2012
"…Svetlana Ignatovich’s soprano rode the orchestra here with ease, singing with an appealing Slavonic glint (but never edge) and warmth" - Opera
"Marc Albrecht...did a magnificent job stamping his mark on the long score and drawing warm playing from the very start, where melting wind solos spun their lines over a cushion of strings..." - Opera
Extra features: Interviews with cast and crew and a cast gallery.
Running time: 187 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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