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Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq d'Or / Nagano, Schagidullin, Levinsky, Breus [DVD]

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel; Zolotoy petushok)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fairy tale with a moral/Opera in three acts is based on Pushkin's "The House of Weathercock". This exciting new release stars many incredible vocalists including: Albert Schagidullin, Audrei Breus, Elena Manistina and Barry Banks. Conducted by Kent Nagano, this opera is both beautiful as it is enchanting.

worthy staging and performance, especially in the current absence of any preferable video alternatives.

Ballet Review
Musically all is well, with a largely Russian cast led by Albert Schagidullin as Dodon, Barry Banks as the Astrologer, and lovely Olga Trifonova as the Queen of Shemakhan, singing the famous Hymn to the Sun, and Nagano directing his French orchestra and Russian chorus. In all, a most effective treatment of a remarkable work...

American Record Guide
Exotic, colorful music and production, a superior musical performance: this video has it all.

Despite the Parisian theater, most of the singers are Russian. Bass Albert Schagidullin is a correctly outrageous Dodon. The voice is impressive, his presence even more-so. He rarely leaves the stage and manages to be grotesque and vaguely sympathetic at the same time. Olga Trifanova's Queen releases cascades of on-pitch coloratura with a somewhat edgy, Slavic tone, but she's very much in character and she seduces while singing in the stratosphere. British tenor Barry Banks sings the treacherously high role of the Astrologer (it goes to an E-flat above high C) with seeming ease, arrogant gestures, and a sly wit. The others in the cast, as well as the chorus and orchestra, are all superb under Kent Nagano's sparkling, shiny direction. This is a must.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 108 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese


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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Le Coq d'Or (The Golden Cockerel; Zolotoy petushok)
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Ilya Bannik (Bass); Andrei Breus (Baritone); Ilya Levinsky (Tenor); Elena Manistina (Contralto); Albert Schagidullin (Bass)
  • Conductor: Kent Nagano
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907