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_Mariinsky Label: Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten (DVD)

MAR0543 2DVD

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten

Valery Gergiev conductor

The Emperor Avgust Amonov

The Empress Mlada Khudoley

The Nurse Olga Savova

Barak, a dyer Edem Umerov

Barak’s Wife Olga Sergeyeva

La Clef du mois ResMusica (France)

Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) is an outstanding display of virtuosity, presenting one of Strauss’ most complex and colourful scores. The three-act opera, with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is an exotic fairytale with a strong moral dimension, focusing on themes of the unborn and the supernatural.

Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2011, Die Frau ohne Schatten stars Russian tenor Avgust Amonov as The Emperor, Mlada Khudoley as The Empress, Olga Savova as The Nurse, and is conducted by Valery Gergiev. The Mariinsky Theatre is one of the few opera houses capable of staging Die Frau ohne Schatten, due to the demanding soloist roles, elaborate sets and large orchestral forces required. This epic production, premiered in 2009, is a collaboration between two British artists, director Jonathan Kent and designer Paul Brown, and has become a regular fixture in the opera company’s schedule. Kent has a long established relationship with the Mariinsky, and with Strauss in particular.

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Reviews

Diamant Opéra Magazine (France)
La Clef du mois
ResMusica (France)

**** Performance **** Recording

Valery Gergiev coaxes some magnificent playing from his Mariinsky orchestra with that extraordinary style that seems to rely on little more than grasping a toothpick. The Act II interludes are sumptuous with the brass and woodwind in particularly fine fettle. But it’s Gergiev’s attention to detail that really counts with nothing smudged or generalised in his reading of the score.’ BBC Music Magazine (UK)

'Picture and sound values are impressive.' Classical CD Choice (UK)

‘Musically Gergiev presents a fully focused view of the piece, well balanced between the conversational, the lyrical and the grandiose. The virtuosity of the Mariinsky Orchestra is at times mind-blowing, and the violin and cello soloists do their theatre proud.’ International Record Review (UK)

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor

The Emperor Avgust Amonov

The Empress Mlada Khudoley

The Nurse Olga Savova

Barak, a dyer Edem Umerov

Barak’s Wife Olga Sergeyeva

Recording Details

2DVD MAR0543 822231854326
DVD9 (REGION 0)
NTSC 16:9

Duration: 3 hours 30 Minutes
Recorded at the Mariinsky Theatre, December 2011

Henning Kasten Film director
Jonathan Kent Stage Director

Performed in German: subtitles – Russian, English, Spanish, German and French.
A production by the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, in arrangement with Euroarts Music International

We are grateful to Yoko Ceschina for her generous support.

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