Stravinsky - L’Histoire du Soldat (Blu-ray)
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Cat No: 108134
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
Nederlands Dans Theater
Jirí Kylián (choreographer) feels a great affinity for Stravinsky who, like himself, was forced to leave his homeland. He describes the composer’s music drama L’Histoire du soldat as a “surrealistic fairy tale for grown-up children”. His version of the piece uses the original French version libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz.
With scenery and costumes by John MacFarlane, this studio recording features Nacho Duato as the soldier who sells his soul to the Devil for wealth, but is forced to wander the world.
The onset of the First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 had drastic consequences for Stravinsky in his Swiss exile: his property was confiscated, and he thereby lost the rights to his works and the associated income, leaving him in a situation which isolated him as an artist. Stravinsky and his librettist for L’Histoire du soldat, Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, had the idea of “founding a travelling theatre which, with as little funding as possible, could be moved easily from place to place and perform in small meeting places.”
It involved a street ballad-like series of scenes about a pact between a soldier and the devil which was “to be read, played and danced”. The associated new work, with its diversity, its structure, the switching between narration, action, mime and dance, and its elements from tango, English Waltz and Ragtime, could not have been categorized under any genre which existed at the time.
It was premiered on 28 September 1918 and in this version is brilliantly reinterpreted by the Nederlands Dans Theater.
- Soldier: Nacho Duato
- Devil: Aryeh Weiner
- Alter Ego: Gerald Tibbs
- Mother: Teresina Mosco
- Fiancée: Fiona Lummis
- Friend of the Soldier: Lionel Hoche
- Princess: Karin Heyninck
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Resolution: 1080i High Definition
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), GB, DE
Running Time: 51 mins
Blu-ray Disc: 25 GB (Single Layer)
Region Code: worldwide
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