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Uspensky: Anna Karenina / Sidorenko, Pakhmutov, Agaronian

Tolstoy/Uspensky
Release Date: 03/23/2006 
Label:  Imports (Dvd)   Catalog #: 625525  
Composer:  Vladislav Uspensky
Performer:  Galina SidorenkoAlexander Pakhmutov
Conductor:  Ruben Agaronian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra

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A Musical Drama Based on the Novel

Music by Vladislav Uspensky
Libretto by Jotaarkka Pennanen; Poetic text by Tatiana Kalinina
St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre
Music director and conductor: Alexander Sladkovsky, Conductor: Ruben Agaronian

Cast:
Galina Sidorenko; Alexander Pakhmutov; Danya Kazakov; Alexander Minchenko; Sergey Muraviev; Yulia Novikova; Lidia Bobokhtina; Olga Petlina-Nevzler; Konstantin Solovsky; Polina Nevedomskaya; Irina Udalova; Alexey Afanasiev; Natalia Kochubey; Yaroslav and Sviatoslav Grabovsky

NTSC All Region; Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS; Approx. 74 mins; English Subtitles (Original Russian)

Tolstoy’s great novel of passion and
Read more retribution is brought to new dramatic and musical life in the operatic stage adaptation from the great Russian composer Vladislav Uspensky and the brilliant Finnish director Jotaarkka Pennanen. Brilliantly sung, beautifully acted, colorfully costumed, and stunningly stage, Anna’s tragic story is presented by the St. Petersburg Conservatory Opera Theatre, under the musical direction of Alexander Sladkovsky – part of the glittering 2003 celebration of the 300th anniversary of the great city of St. Petersburg, which plays such an important part in Tolstoy’s novel. One of the many artistic achievements of this musical adaptation is the setting of the novel’s double storylines – the doomed romance of Anna and Count Vronksy, the happy one of Kitty and Levin – against a bustling “high society” represented by a witty vocal chorus. Uspensky’s music mixes modernism and romanticism with Russian folk elements, weaving the perfect sonic environment for this classic tale. The result is a beautiful blend of great literature and great music.
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Works on This Recording

1. Anna Karenina by Vladislav Uspensky
Performer:  Galina Sidorenko (Mezzo Soprano), Alexander Pakhmutov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Ruben Agaronian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Conservatory Orchestra

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