Shchedrin - The Left-Hander (Blu-ray + DVD) | Mariinsky MAR0588

Shchedrin - The Left-Hander (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Label: Mariinsky

Cat No: MAR0588

Format: Blu-ray + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 8th July 2016

Contents

Artists

Andrei Popov
Edward Tsanga
Vladimir Moroz
Kristina Alieva
Maria Maksakova
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Shchedrin, Rodion

The Left-Hander

Artists

Andrei Popov
Edward Tsanga
Vladimir Moroz
Kristina Alieva
Maria Maksakova
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

Specially composed for Valery Gergiev on the occasion of his 60th birthday and now available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, Rodion Shchedrin’s The Left-Hander is a comedy of Russians and Englishmen, new technology, old traditions and strong drink. Premiered in July 2013 by the Mariinsky Opera in St Petersburg it received its Western European premiere in 2014 at the Barbican Hall, London. The Left-Hander is a gloriously wry exploration of Russia’s relationship with the West in general and England in particular. Rodion Shchedrin is one of music’s greatest living humorists and his work is laced with pitchblack irony and deadpan wit. Based on Nikolai Leskov’s classical satirical novella of 1881, The Tale of Cross-Eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea, The Left-Hander is a wickedly funny satire, following in the tradition of Gogol and Shostakovich.

"This recording is from the first staged performances at the Mariinsky in July 2013 and it fizzes with energy… I enjoyed this hugely."
- BBC Radio 3 CD Review (Disc of the Week)

"Shchedrin’s scoring is inventive and colourful… Leading the characteristically strong Mariinsky forces, Kristina Alieva entertains with her coloratura as the ornamental insect, and in the title role the lyric tenor Andrei Popov gives a touching performance of a character forced out of his comfort zone." - BBC Music Magazine

Stage director: Alexei Stepanyuk
Film director: Anna Matison
Set design: Alexander Orlov
Costume design: Irina Cherednikova
Lighting: Alexander Sivaev

Filmed at Mariinksy II, St Petersburg, July 2013

1 Blu-ray + 1 DVD
Duration: 119 min
BD50 NTSC 16:9
DVD9 NTSC 16:9
2.0 PCM Stereo 5.1 DTS Surround

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