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R-Korsakov: Le Coq D'Or [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

Albert Schagidullin , Ilya Levinsky    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Albert Schagidullin, Ilya Levinsky, Andrei Breus, Ilya Bannik, Olga Trifonova
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054QZ8DY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Rimsky-Korsakov epitomises the fantastic side of the Russian soul. Regarding opera as essentially the most enchanting and intoxicating of lies, he drew on his countrys rich folk heritage to create a fairy-tale world in which the fanciful and commonplace were fused through extravagant orchestral virtuosity and fervently Romantic vocal writing. This Châtelet revival of Le Coq dor brings to the stage once again the great Kabuki actor Ennosuke IIIs striking staging of Rimsky-Korsakovs opera first mounted in co-production with the San Francisco Opera in 1984. Born into one of Japans most important Kabuki families in 1939, Ennosuke III is a master of his art, who has worked to give this traditional theatre form appeal for modern audiences. As an actor, director and producer his aim has been to bring back the energy and excitement of Edo-period Kabuki. High-tech special effects, dynamic lighting, stunning costumes and minimalist sets have drawn new fans to his Super Kabuki shows. He worked on this sumptuous production of Le Coq dor with an all-Japanese creative team and the result had an Oriental beauty and fascination entirely appropriate to this satirical fantasy opera. Completed in 1907, Le Coq dor, based on Pushkins 1834 poem, was Rimsky-Korsakovs last opera. It was also his most provocative. When he completed the score, he was forced to submit it to the censor with the result that it was barred from production. Rimsky-Korsakov died in 1908 without ever having heard the opera performed.

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Gallo D'Oro (Il) / Le Coq D'Or

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The Golden Cockerel was Rimsky Korsakov's last opera. Its story is essentially a satire based on a Pushkin poem from 1834. His twist on this tale exposes `military incompetence, aristocratic stupidity and political corruption' (sleeve notes).

It was completed in 1907 just 3 years after the militarily weak Japanese, in order to recover Manchuria from the Russians, inflicted a number of humiliating defeats upon the Russian naval and army forces. Not surprisingly it was censored and barred from production. The composer died in 1908 without hearing the first performance in 1909 which included substantial changes imposed by the censor.

However this performance is thankfully not the censored version but the story as Rimsky Korsakov intended. In addition it has the considerable added advantage of a greatly enhanced oriental flavour as a result of the resurrection of the Kabuki staging of Ennosuke III. This informs everything from the stunning costumes, dynamic lighting, stage actions and strikingly effective minimalist sets which produce highly concentrated impact.

None of this would work of course if the musical values were not of equal excellence. In this case the outstanding soloists supported by the insightful conducting of Kent Nagano directing the Orchestra de Paris and the chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre prove to be well up to the task.

In particular one should mention the excellence of the crucially important role of the Astrologer as performed by Barry Banks who handles the demanding tenor-altino part superbly and with apparent ease. The Golden Cockerel as performed by Yuri Maria Saenz is winningly effective. The incompetent aristocrats and advisors make it clear why the opera ran into the censor conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous staging of a masterpiece 20 Nov 2013
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Le Coq d'Or is a very good political comedy. Rimsky-Korsakov's music is delightful, melodious and effective from beginning to end.
The staging in japanese theatre style is very successful and matches perfectly the story, which is a kind of timeless fairytale.
Singers are excellent, Olga Trifonova's coloraturas are delightful, the astrologer Barry Banks is formidable, and all the cast is very good.
Scenery is very good, the colorful japanese style costumes are very good.
A great opera vídeo, recommended to whoever enjoys opera and good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the rules! 1 July 2014
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Excellent versión, in all ways. Difficult to explain sensations, better see!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful surprise! 9 Sep 2011
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I was quite surprised by this charming little opera that actually has deep meaning (people in power being fools among other messages). I did not know what to expect. I knew it was an opera that was popular in the 30s and maybe 40s (before WW II), but I had never seen a production or even video of it. I bought it, because I like Russian opera, and I love Russian ballet.

What a nice surprise! Very interesting opera! It is fringe repertoire, but I think most people will enjoy it.
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