Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (Blu-ray) | Bel Air BAC486

Rimsky-Korsakov - The Snow Maiden (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC486

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 28th May 2021

Contents

Artists

Aida Garifullina
Yuriy Mynenko
Martina Serafin
Maxim Paster
Thomas Johannes Mayer
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris

Conductor

Mikhail Tatarnikov

Works

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

The Snow Maiden

Artists

Aida Garifullina
Yuriy Mynenko
Martina Serafin
Maxim Paster
Thomas Johannes Mayer
Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris

Conductor

Mikhail Tatarnikov

About

Snegurochka (Snowmaiden), the daughter of Spring and Winter, dreams of a life amongst the humans; but the bitter Sun, looking for revenge, plans to use the fire of love to make her melt away…

The Snow Maiden, Rimsky-Korsakov’s third opera, draws its focus from playwright Alexander Ostrovsky’s eponymous play, itself inspired from national folk tales. This literary work was quite unexpected, given that Ostrovsky was better known for his political satires rather than his interest in fairy tales. But the composer found a clever way to spin this paradox, and applied himself in turn to reconcile traditional singing with a creative orchestration, bringing together heritage and modernity.

Stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov, a highly-regarded specialist in Russian opera, humanises this marvellous and cruel coming-of-age tale, under the surface of which innocent eroticism and bitter jealousy boil furiously. He also uses this production to draw a parallel between this paradoxical work and the contradictions of modern-time Russia, by transposing the action into an intriguing backward-looking community which, and quite unlike Snowmaiden, does not seem to be quite ready to face the unknown yet…

• The first-ever DVD edition of The Snow Maiden
• A little-known but rich, surprising and rapturous score
Aida Garifullina in the title role
• A spectacular staging, received with popular and critical praise

‘This production proves Tcherniakov is today’s greatest champion of Rimsky-Korsakov’s operas.’ – BachTrack

‘Aida Garifullina gave a remarkable performance’ – Opera News

‘The Paris Opera melts for the Snow Maiden’ – Le Figaro

‘Such music!’ – Télérama

Cast:
- Snowmaiden: Aida Garifullina
- Lel: Yuriy Mynenko
- Kupava: Martina Serafin
- Tsar Berendey: Maxim Paster
- Mizguir: Thomas Johannes Mayer

Stage direction and sets: Dmitri Tcherniakov
A film by Andy Sommer

Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / SPA / JAP / KOR
Booklet: 20 pages
Running time: 194’
Sound: PCM 2.0 & DTS HD Master Audio 5.1

Reviews

I would never pass up the chance to see a Dmitri Tcherniakov production. Highly controversial he may be, but his innovations follow a thoroughly musical logic and his theatrical shocks enable us to hear familiar scores as if they were freshly composed. The Snow Maiden at the Paris Opéra is no exception, and it is a showcase for his art. ... This faded Rimsky-Korsakov gem regains all its sparkle here: it has been researched, staged, sung and filmed with true love and commitment.  Marina Frolova-Walker
Gramophone August 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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