[Double Play - Blu-ray & DVD]
Valery Gergiev conductor
Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus
Viktor Lutsyuk Semyon
Gennady Bezzubenkov Tkachenko
Tatiana Pavlovskaya Sofya
Varvara Solovyova Frosya
Evgeny Nikitin Remenyuk
Total Duration 131m05s
Catalogue Number MAR0592
Yuri Alexandrov Stage Director
Anna Matison Film Director
Vladimir Ryabenko Audio Producer & Engineer
Recorded 2013 in the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
Sung in Russian, libretto in Russian and English
Includes multi-channel 5.1 and stereo mixes.
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке
‘A breath-taking experience. Simply spectacular.' Classica, Bertrand Dermoncourt and Stéphane Friédérich
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 - whose work includes operas by
Rimsky Korsakov, Shchedrin and Berlioz - this staging of Semyon Kotko originated in 1999 and has been awarded two key Russian prizes, the Casta Diva and the Golden Mask awards. Ukrainian tenor Viktor Lutsyuk received praise for his performance in the lead role of Semyon.