[ C Major / Blu-ray ]
Release Date: Friday 9 March 2018
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Former Music Director Mariss Jansons returns to Amsterdam to conduct Pique Dame at the Dutch National Opera with "his" Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He encounters a noteworthy cast and under his baton the orchestra sounds "brilliant and splendid" (Der Tagesspiegel). Renowned director Stefan Herheim staged Tchaikovsky's much-loved opera about a young man who, for the prospect of earthly wealth, gambles away his chance for love and happiness. Herheim, whose stagings are famous for their multi layered levels of interpretation, attempts to reflect on the composer's hidden love for men. "The Latvian maestro, the intriguingly performing orchestra, the smartly-chosen soloists, and director Stefan Herheim have succeeded in staging an extraordinary production" (Die Presse). "Stefan Herheim makes a great picture show out of Tchaikovsky's 'Pique Dame'" (NMZ). "A masterpiece" (Der Standard).
"I adored this staging when I saw it in Amsterdam and love it no less on revisiting it via Blu-ray. Superimposing the composer's biography on to arguably his greatest opera works ingeniously...Musically, standards are extremely high, led by Mariss Jansons's inspired presence in the pit...Aksenova sings a steely Lisa...Diadkova is remarkable as the Countess - singing rather than growling her role." Gramophone Blu-ray of the Month March 2018