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Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel / Gergiev, Gorchakova, Leiferkus, Mariinsky Theater

Prokofiev / Gorchakova / Mariinsky Theatre
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 100391  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sergei AlexashkinKonstantin PluzhnikovValery LebedVladimir Galusin,   ... 
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater OrchestraKirov Theater Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Prokofiev's disturbingly enigmatic opera, The Fiery Angel, was never performed in his lifetime - considered too decadent by Stalin and his successors - but David Freeman's imaginative production asserts it as one of the composer's greatest masterpieces. Ostensibly, it is a tale of religious hysteria and demonic possession, but the novel, by the Russian decadent Valéry Bryusov, from which the opera is derived, also explores symbolically the love triangle endured by the writer himself, inspired by the self-destructive figure of his lover, the poet Nina Petrovskaya. David Freeman has completely entered into this opera's strangely unnerving world. Evil is all around us and in his sensational production the image is taken quite literally. Read more

Sergey Prokofiev
THE FIERY ANGEL

Renata - Galina Gorchakova
Rupecht - Sergey Leiferkus
Hostess - Evgenia Perlasova-Verkovich
Porter - Mikhail Kit
Fortune-teller - Larissa Dyadkova
Jakob Glock - Evgeni Boitsov
Agrippa - Vladimir Galouzine
Mathias - Yuri Laptev
Doctor - Valery Lebed
Mephistopheles - Konstantin Pluzhnikov
Faust - Sergei Alexashkin
Host - Evgeni Fedotov

St. Petersburg Mariinsky Acrobatic Troupe
Mariinsky Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
Valéry Gergiev, conductor

David Freeman, stage director
David Roger, set designer
Vladimir Lukasevitch and Steve Whitson, lighting designers

Recorded live from the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 1993

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 124 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

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Fiery Angel, Op. 37 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Sergei Alexashkin (Bass), Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor), Valery Lebed (Bass),
Vladimir Galusin (Tenor), Mikhail Kit (Bass), Larissa Diadkova (Mezzo Soprano),
Sergei Leiferkus (Baritone), Galina Gorchakova (Soprano), Evgeny Fedotov (Bass),
Evgenia Perlasova (Mezzo Soprano), Yuri Laptev (Tenor), Yevgeny Boitsov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra,  Kirov Theater Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923/1927; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Live  Maryinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg 
Length: 119 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Russian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A Rare Oddity July 11, 2014 By R. Jordan (Asheville, NC) See All My Reviews "I once read that Prokofiev is the most frequently performed 20th Century composer. Yet more than anything he wanted to be known for his operas which are very rarely presented. So this DVD of the Fiery Angel, one of his more obscure operas, by Valery Gergiev and the top-notch Mariinsky players is a rare treat indeed, probably the only way most people will ever see this piece. And boy, is it worth seeing. This over-the-top, hallucinogenic tale of sexual repression and religious hysteria in 16th Century Germany is in a class by itself. The final scene: the haunted Renata's failed exorcism among the writhing demon-possessed nuns, is one wild melange of music, choreography and stunning visual imagery. And there’s nekkid wimmin too!" Report Abuse
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