This would make a great introduction to Prokofiev’s ballets! Serge PROKOFIEV: Cinderella, Blu-ray & DVD (2017) Cast: Mariinsky Ballet Theater Director and Principal Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky Music: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Ballet Theater Conductor: Valery Gergiev Stage Director: Yuri Fateev Studio: Mariinsky, Bluray & DVD [9/18/2015] TV Directors: Antoine Perset & Vincent Massip Run Time: […]
The holiday favorite ballet has had better recordings, but this Fourth will knock your socks off. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker, Op. 71; Sym. No. 4 in f, Op. 36 – Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky multichannel SACD MAR0593 (2 discs), 129:02 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: This is Gergiev’s second go round with the Nutcracker; the […]
Essential. Nothing else to say. SHOSTAKOVICH: Complete Symphonies and Concertos – Valery Gergiev, Blu-ray (2015) Performers: Orch. and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre/ Valery Gergiev/ Alena Baeva, violin/ Vadin Repin, violin/ Mario Brunello, cello/ Gautier Capucon, cello/ Denis Matsuev, piano/ Danil Trifonov, piano/ Timur Martynov, trumpet/ Veroinika Dzhioeva, sop./ Mikhail Petrenko, bass (Live from Salle […]
An amazing collection of his complete works, in mostly excellent versions.
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If you love Wagner, you have to have this magnificent set.
WAGNER: Parsifal (complete opera) – Christian Elsner (Parsifal)/ Michelle DeYoung (Kundry)/ Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz)/ Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)/ Berlin Radio Choir and Sym. Orch./ Marek Janowski – PentaTone
So how does this Parsifal stack up to Gergiev? Very well, thank you…for the most part.
WAGNER: Parsifal (complete opera) – Gary Lehman (Parsifal)/ Violeta Urmana (Kundry)/ Rene Pape (Gurnemanz)/ Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)/ Alexei Tanovitski (Titurel)/ Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra, and Chorus/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky (4 discs)
Presto, chango, Gergiev comes up with a really dynamic performance of a fiendishly difficult work.