Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (DVD) | C Major Entertainment 743908

Tchaikovsky - Pique Dame (DVD)

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Label: C Major Entertainment

Cat No: 743908

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th January 2018

Contents

Artists

Misha Didyk
Alexey Markov
Vladimir Stoyanov
Svetlana Aksenova
Larissa Diadkova
Andrei Popov
Andrii Goniukov
Mikhail Makarov
Anatoli Sivko
Anna Goryachova
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Mariss Jansons

Works

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame), op.68

Artists

Misha Didyk
Alexey Markov
Vladimir Stoyanov
Svetlana Aksenova
Larissa Diadkova
Andrei Popov
Andrii Goniukov
Mikhail Makarov
Anatoli Sivko
Anna Goryachova
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Mariss Jansons

About

Former Music Director Mariss Jansons returns to Amsterdam to conduct Pique Dame at the Dutch National Opera with ‘his’ Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He encounters a noteworthy cast and under his baton the orchestra sounds ‘brilliant and splendid’ (Der Tagesspiegel). Renowned director Stefan Herheim staged Tchaikovsky’s much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness. Herheim, whose stagings are famous for their multi-layered levels of interpretation, attempts to reflect on the composer’s contested sexuality.

‘The Latvian maestro, the intriguingly performing orchestra, the smartly-chosen soloists, and director Stefan Herheim have succeeded in staging an extraordinary production’ – Die Presse

‘Stefan Herheim makes a great picture show out of Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame”’ – NMZ

‘A masterpiece’ – Der Standard

Cast:
- Herman: Misha Didyk
- Count Tomksy/Plutus: Alexey Markov
- Prince Yeletsky: Vladimir Stoyanov
- Chekalinsky: Andrei Popov
- Surin: Andrii Goniukov
- Chaplitsky: Mikhail Makarov
- Narumov: Anatoli Sivko
- The Countess: Larissa Diadkova
- Liza: Svetlana Aksenova
- Polina/Daphnis: Anna Goryachova

Staged by: Stefan Herheim
Recording date: Dutch National Opera, June 2016
DVD: CME 22
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0
Picture: NTSC 16:9
Subtitles: Russian (original language), English, German, French, Korean
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 181 mins

Reviews

In his revelatory production for Dutch National Opera ... Stefan Herheim takes the theme of Tchaikovsky the outsider as his main focus. Alienated from society on account of his homosexuality, Tchaikovsky’s mysterious death – contracting cholera from drinking iced water, possibly with the intention of taking his own life – is also referenced in a staging that places the composer squarely centre stage. ... Superimposing the composer’s biography on to arguably his greatest opera works ingeniously. ... Musically, standards are extremely high, led by Mariss Jansons’s inspired presence in the pit. The Royal Concertgebouw play Tchaikovsky to the manner born, impassioned strings and glowing brass to the fore. Misha Didyk’s baritonal Herman sounds stronger on disc than he did in the house and he acts the unhinged gambler convincingly. ... this is a terrific memento of a provocative but enthralling production.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone March 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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