Prokofiev - Semyon Kotko (Blu-ray + DVD) | Mariinsky MAR0592

Prokofiev - Semyon Kotko (Blu-ray + DVD)

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Label: Mariinsky

Cat No: MAR0592

Format: Blu-ray + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Viktor Lutsyuk
Gennadi Bezzubenkov
Tatiana Pavlovskaya
Vavara Solovyova
Evgeny Nikitin
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Semyon Kotko, op.81

Artists

Viktor Lutsyuk
Gennadi Bezzubenkov
Tatiana Pavlovskaya
Vavara Solovyova
Evgeny Nikitin
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

"Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter" The Guardian

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofievís birth and Valery Gergiev is widely regarded as one of the composerís greatest interpreters. Joined by a fine cast of soloists, Gergiev and the Mariinsky celebrate the great Russianís genius with a world-first DVD & Blu-ray release of his raw, thrilling and utterly engrossing opera, 'Semyon Kotko'.

Based on the novel 'I, Son of Working People' by Valentin Katayev, who also wrote the libretto with Prokofiev, the perceived propagandist nature of the story meant its inherent musical quality was initially overlooked. Though not by all, as celebrated pianist Sviatoslav Richter remarked: "The premiere of the opera was a momentous event in my life [...] That evening, when I first heard Semyon Kotko, I understood that Prokofiev was a great composer."

Directed by award-winnning stage director Yuri Alexandrov, and filmed by celebrated Mariinksy director Anna Matison, this staging of 'Semyon Kotko' originated in 1999 and has been awarded two key Russian prizes, both the Casta Diva and the Golden Mask awards. Semyon Kotko is now a key work performed regularly in Russia, as well as internationally, and is presented here as a stunning DVD & Blu-ray package, featuring HD audio (inc. surround sound) and with a wide range of subtitles including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and the original Russian.

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