Shostakovich, Dmitry - Nose, The - Gergiev, Valery (conductor)

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Vladislav Sulimsky, Alexei Tanovitski,Tatiana Kravtsova, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Gennady Bezzubenkov, Vadim Kravets, Sergei Skorokhodov,Yevgeny Strashko, Elena Vitman & Zhanna Dombrovskaya

Mariinsky Orchestra & Chorus, Valery Gergiev

Dmitri Shostakovich's satirical opera The Nose was premièred in 1930 and set in St Petersburg. Based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol, its absurd plot revolves around the exploits of a pompous government official and his nose. After a visit to the barber, the nose absconds from the man's face and takes on a life of its own; the pretentious bureaucrat is reduced to desperation, frantically searching the city for his lost appendage. Although primarily a comic opera, The Nose touches on the struggle between the individual and society (here portrayed by a cast of over 80 characters), and its spiky score is a 1920's modernist masterpiece from the prodigiously talented young composer. Forthcoming releases from Mariinsky feature a broad cross-section of Russian music.Well known and rarely heard works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich will feature alongside the first recording of Rodion Shchedrin's opera The Enchanted Wanderer. 'Mariinsky' the label, will draw on the theatre's rich legacy and historical ties to the great Russian composers. It will showcase the extraordinary talent within the theatre and orchestra, presenting works that are both familiar and less well known, enabling listeners to enjoy exceptional performances from one of the greatest opera and ballet companies.The Mariinsky Theatre can trace its origins back to 1783 when Catherine the Great issued a decree that led to its formation. It has staged the premieres of operas by Verdi, Borodin, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky as well as many of the great ballets including Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Bayadère and Raimonda. The company remains committed to presenting new opera and ballet, most recently Smelkov's The Brothers Karamazov and in 2009 will premiere three new mono- operas based on works by Gogol. Under the leadership of Valery Gergiev its international reputation has grown through frequent touring and recordings. It recently reverted to the Mariinsky name, having previously been known more widely by its Communist-era name of Kirov.

"The composer and Gergiev both drive their forces hard. The brittle, burlesquing orchestra sounds fine."
The Times, 6th June 2009 ***

"Valery Gergiev perfectly catches the grotesqueries and acerbic satire of the work, based upon Gogol's short story. The vividness of the recording catches all the raw-edged detail of a score that amalgamates a range of modernist influences against a background of Rimsky-Korsakov's final opera, The Golden Cockerel, and Gergiev revels in its youthful exuberance. With a cast of some 70 named characters, it's a perfect work for a company like the Mariinsky."
The Guardian, 5th June 2009 *****

"Recorded under studio conditions in the Mariinsky's brand new concert hall, this version is notable for the brilliance of the orchestra's playing and the idiomatic delivery of the Gogol-based text by a new generation of Mariinsky voices. Both Vladislav Sulimsky as the noseless collegiate assessor, Kovalev, and Sergei Semishkur as his errant appendage perform with panache."
Sunday Times, 31st May 2009 ****

"...Gergiev... wrings superb playing from his band, bringing real panache to the rapid alternations of contrast and grotesquerie and to the brilliantly inventive interludes. Vladislav Sulimsky as Kovalev is powerfully charismatic, on a par with Eduard Akimov in Rozhdestvensky's recording for characterisation and outdoing him in vocal beauty; he really holds the production together. ...all the vocal principals communicate utter insane conviction in the surreal, even Kafkaesque, world of Gogols story. ...the recorded sound is absolutely superb in its crystal clarity and depth..."
BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 *****

"Gergiev and his soloists give a scrupulously prepared account of the dauntingly rebarbative score, finding a suavity, euphony and poise that are anything but readily accessible."
Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

Artikelnummer MAR0501
Streckkod 0822231850120
Utgivningsdatum 2009-05-01
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Mariinsky
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Gergiev, Valery (conductor)
Kompositörer Shostakovich, Dmitry
Disk: 1
The Nose
1 The Nose
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