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- "Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter" The Guardian
2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev’s birth and Valery Gergiev is widely regarded as one of the composer’s greatest interpreters. Joined by a fine cast of soloists, Gergiev and the Mariinsky celebrate the great Russian’s 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.
Valery Gergiev’s award-winning DVD & Blu-ray releases on the Mariinsky Label include:
MAR0536 Prokofiev The Gambler
WINNER Best DVD 2013 - Stage and Drama 51st Record Geijutsu Academy Awards
WINNER DVD Performance 2014 International Classical Music Awards
"Gergiev is on his home territory here, and he has the orchestra and singers eating out of his hand. The orchestra, in particular, play brilliantly for him, illustrating every nuance of Prokofiev’s endlessly pictorial score with delicacy and virtuosity." Music Web International
"It’s a fine work, too little known outside Russia... But the Mariinsky presents it with a world-class cast which gives it its very best chance of success, as does the excellent quality of picture and sound in this release… Terrific singing and acting." Sinfini Music
- Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus
Viktor Lutsyuk: Semyon Kotko
Gennadi Bezzubenkov: Tkachenko
Tatiana Pavlovskaya: Sofya
Varvara Solovyova: Frosya
Evgeny Nikitin: Remenyuk
stage director: Yuri Alexandrov
film director: Anna Matison
- 1 Blu-ray - 2h 28mn 0s
release date. 2016-09-09