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Rimsky-Korsakov: Le Coq D'Or (The Golden Cockerel) (Arthaus: 108053) [Blu-ray] [2012]

Albert Schagidullin , Ilya Levinsky    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Albert Schagidullin, Ilya Levinsky, Andrei Breus, Ilya Bannik, Olga Trifonova
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZV6XMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,422 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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By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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 interpretation this tale exposes `military incompetence, aristocratic stupidity and political corruption' (sleeve notes).

It was completed in 1907 just 3 years after the Russian naval and army forces had suffered some significant defeats (sleeve note information). Not surprisingly it was censored and barred from production. The composer died the following year 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 Outstandingly Great Performance. 19 Mar 2013
By H. A. Weedon VINE VOICE
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Le Coq d''Or is in the way of being a folk opera parodying war in the context of governmental ineptitude. Following on from the fact that Rimsky-Korsakov was supremely successful in achieving this in this particular opera, this staging of his great work admirably succeeds in enhancing in spectacular fashion what he had set out to achieve. We have here a complex art work that synchronises music, painting, sculpture and ballet into a scintillating harmonisation of sound, colour, design and movement that epitomises the essence of the complexity of human relationships.

Yuri Maria Saenz as the cockerel interpreted the bird just as I've seen real cockerels behave. As she (as 'he') sang out the warnings I realised that Rimsky was obviously familiar with the way real cockerels sounded and behaved. This kind of thing is typical of the whole work, in which behavioural traits are theatrically enhanced into an ultra-reality epitomising the sheer silliness of human machinations masquerading as government. Here we have a timeless masterpiece parodying the pomposity of powerful people in every day and age. Good government needs to be more than the voice of a crowing cock seeking to impress a collective folly of herded hens.

The singers and dancers in this work are all outstanding in their roles. Olga Tritonova's coloratura performance as the Queen of Shemakha was impressive. It's just as if she's delighting in the role of making a fool of a besotted old man as he struggles to embellish his meagre talents in an hilarious attempt to impress her. I would imagine that Rimsky must have been a keen observer of the multitudinous follies of human behaviour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 24 May 2014
By kellyn
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this item is very good quality, the item was presented as the best choise by a very good classical critical book. and it's true, sounds are great
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Original staging, japanese style, visually charming. The singers are adequate, as well as the orchestra and the direction. My only minor note concerns some small cuts, the most relevant during Dodon's dream. Overall a very good production of a true masterpiece.
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