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Massenet: Don Quichotte / Gergiev, Furlanetto, Kiknadze, Serov, Mariinsky Orchestra

Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Mariinsky   Catalog #: 0523   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anna KiknadzeFerruccio FurlanettoAndrei Serov
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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, Don Quichotte. Gergiev is no stranger to conducting Massenet, having recorded an outstanding performance of Hérodiade in 1995 with Renée Fleming and Placido Domingo. Don Quichotte, Massenet’s comédie-héroïque, is a tale of heroism, adventure and unrequited love. The plot relates only indirectly to the great novel by Cervantes, more likely referring to the play Le chevalier de la longue figure by the poet Jacques Le Lorrain. Massenet, nearing the end of his career, probably personally identified with the Read more character of Don Quichotte. He fell in love with the mezzo-soprano Lucy Arbell, who played Dulcinée in the first performance of the work. Read less

Works on This Recording

Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Anna Kiknadze (Mezzo Soprano), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Andrei Serov (Bass)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; France 

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