[ Mariinsky DVD + Blu-Ray / 2 Blu-ray Disc/DVD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016
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Film Director: Anna Matison
"Valery Gergiev is a born Prokofiev interpreter" The Guardian
2016 marks the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev's birth and Valery Gergiev is widely regarded as one of the composer's greatest interpreters. Joined by a fine cast of soloists, Gergiev and the Mariinsky celebrate the great Russian's genius with a world-first DVD & Blu-ray release of his raw, thrilling and utterly engrossing opera, 'Semyon Kotko'.
Based on the novel 'I, Son of Working People' by Valentin Katayev, who also wrote the libretto with Prokofiev, the perceived propagandist nature of the story meant its inherent musical quality was initially overlooked. Though not by all, as celebrated pianist Sviatoslav Richter remarked: "The premiere of the opera was a momentous event in my life [...] That evening, when I first heard Semyon Kotko, I understood that Prokofiev was a great composer." Directed by award-winnning stage director Yuri Alexandrov, and filmed by celebrated Mariinksy director Anna Matison, this staging of 'Semyon Kotko' originated in 1999 and has been awarded two key Russian prizes, both the Casta Diva and the Golden Mask awards. Semyon Kotko is now a key work performed regularly in Russia, as well as internationally, and is presented here as a stunning DVD & Blu-ray package, featuring HD audio (inc. surround sound) and with a wide range of subtitles including English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and the original Russian.
Disc 1 BD50 16:9 HD1080
Disc 2 DVD9 REGION O 16:9 NTSC
filmed at Mariinsky II, St Petersburg 2013, duration 148m