Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tale of Tsar Saltan (DVD + Blu-ray) | Mariinsky MAR0597

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Tale of Tsar Saltan (DVD + Blu-ray)

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Label: Mariinsky

Cat No: MAR0597

Format: DVD + Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 17th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Albina Shagimuratova
Irina Churilova
Edward Tsanga
Mikhail Vekua
Elena Vitman
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

Works

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Artists

Albina Shagimuratova
Irina Churilova
Edward Tsanga
Mikhail Vekua
Elena Vitman
Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Valery Gergiev

About

As a companion to The Golden Cockerel, Valery Gergiev presents a second Rimsky-Korsakov opera on the Mariinsky Label, The Tale of Tsar Saltan. Rarely staged and the only complete performance available on Blu-ray or DVD, this release is part of Valery Gergievís mission to showcase the breadth and depth that Russian music has to offer, capturing Rimsky-Korsakovís adventurous and magical work for posterity. This production features a cast of the Mariinskyís finest singers, including sopranos Irina Churilova, as Tsaritsa Militrisa, and Albina Shagimuratova as The Swan-Princess; and bass-baritone Edward Tsanga, who died suddenly in early 2017, in the lead role.

Originally composed to celebrate Pushkinís centenary, the full title of the work - The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan - is indicative of the fantastical content of the opera. It is an old-fashioned Russian treat for the eyes and the ears from the countryís most long-standing musical institution. Filled with colourful music, typical of Rimsky-Korsakovís style, it is also the source of the instantly-recognisable 'Flight of the Bumblebee', which arrives when the magic Swan-Princess changes Prince Gvidon Saltanovich into an insect.

"A rare old-fashioned Russian treat for the eyes and the ears" - British Theatre Guide

"This tale, of Tsar Saltan and the others, is truly fantastic" - Classical Source

Reviews

Itís as traditional a staging as is possible to imagine, Vladimir Firerís designs based on Ivan Bilibinís 1937 production, itself based on Bilibinís 1905 picture book, which was a Russian classic of its time. Costumes are as bright as poster paint, while the set mostly comprises painted flats and cut-out props, giving the whole thing a two-dimensional storybook feel. ... Valery Gergiev has done more than any conductor to promote Rimskyís operas and he applies his magic touch to Saltanís glittering score, his Mariinsky band on top form. He has a fine cast, led by the late Edward Tsanga, a promising bass-baritone who died tragically young last January, aged just 37. His Saltan is firm-voiced and authoritative.  Mark Pullinger (DVD of the Month)
Gramophone February 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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