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Massenet: Don Quichotte – The Mariinsky Label

MASSENET Don Quichotte

Opera Choice of the Month
'Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than his predecessors … excellent surround sound' BBC Music Magazine
Disc of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review

  • Valery Gergiev conductor
    Mariinsky Orchestra
    Soloists' Ensemble of the Mariinsky
    Academy of Young Singers

    Ferruccio Furlanetto Don Quichotte
    Anna Kiknadze Dulcinée
    Andrei Serov Sancho Pança
    Eleonora Vindau Pedro
    Yulia Matochkina Garcias
    Carlos D'Onofrio Rodriguez
    Dmitry Koleushko Juan
    Didier Jouanny Ténébrun, Chef des bandits

  • Total duration 111m34s

    Catalogue Number MAR0523
    UPC 822231852322

    James Mallinson producer
    Vladimir Ryabenko editing
    Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd mixing & mastering

    Recorded May 2011 in the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
    Sung in French, libretto in French & English

    Includes multi-channel 5.0 and stereo mixes.
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch / на русском языке

  • Disc of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    Opera Choice of the Month 'Gergiev whips up the score more vigorously than his predecessors… excellent surround sound.' BBC Music Magazine

    ****½ ‘The certainty of his [Gergiev] vision make this an exceptionally compelling and coherent presentation of the opera. Anna Kiknadze is a youthful, warmly seductive, and high-spirited Dulcinée. The sound of Mariinsky's SACD is well balanced, very clean, and clearly detailed. Overall, this exemplary performance makes the most compelling recorded case for Don Quichotte as an opera that deserves a place in the more standard repertoire' Allmusic.com

    **** 'Gergiev's talent lies in his ability to enter a real pulse into this mellifluous music, an intimate necessity that keeps you interested.' Classica

    'Sensitive handling of Massenet's delicately perfumed idiom, relishing the atmosphere of his Spanish pastiche.' Sunday Times

    'He [Furlanetto] is quite astonishingly moving in it, as is Andrei Serov as Sancho Pança.' The Observer

    '[Furlanetto] is a real bass and his dark, round tone is perfect for the role... Gergiev and his chorus and orchestra are on fine form and the recorded sound, in the experienced hands of James Mallinson, is excellent.' Gramophone

    The performance led by Valery Gergiev has, in Ferruccio Furlanetto, a Quichotte of undeniable vocal presence and impressive skill... Gergiev paces the work with expert suppleness, orchestral atmosphere and as much of his customary flair.' Opera News

    'The opera world has long wanted/needed a good version of Cervantes' celebrated Don Quixote story, [here] the opera is indeed reborn.'
    The Philadelphia Enquirer

    'The drive and energy, the big bold splashes of colour generated by Valery Gergiev and his orchestra immediately grab your attention.' Fanfare

    '‘The cast is uniformly strong, with Ferruccio Furlanetto, today's leading Quichotte, in fine form. Gergiev leads a dynamic performance, and the brilliant Spanish sections are particularly effective’ Classical CD Review.com


Valery Gergiev, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Mariinsky Orchestra

Don Quichotte, Massenet's comedie-heroique, is a tale of heroism, adventure and unrequited love. The action relates more closely to the play Le Chevalier de la longue figure by Jacques de Lorrain, than the great novel by Miguel de Cervantes.

Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto is one of the most sought-after interpreters of French, Italian and Russian repertoire. Here he joins Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra for a sumptuous recording of Massenet's final great opera.

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