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Massenet - Don Quichotte

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release date: March 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2011


Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Soloists' Ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers


Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Threatre, St Petersburg, Russia

27-29 May 2011


James Mallinson


Vladimir Ryabenko

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Total Time - 111:34
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Don Quichotte

  Act I  
1 I Alza! 5:19
2 II At twenty, sovereign majesty 3:06
3 III Dulcinea is pretty without a doubt 2:01
4 IV O joy! O joy! 1:29
5 V How marvellous to see 3:46
6 VI O Dulcinea! 1:50
7 VII When the stars begin to shine 5:09
8 VIII Ah! Ah! It was you I heard singing 1:51
9 IX Worthy sir, you are 7:34
  Act II  
10 I Thy love to sway 6:53
11 II How can one think well 3:00
12 III See there! 4:02
13 First Interlude 2:32
  Act III  
14 I This is the path 6:54
15 II O dream divine! 2:15
16 III Ah! The sight of this body 0:31
17 IV Lord, receive my soul 8:33
  Act IV  
18 I Well, traitress 5:36
19 II Ah! There is another thing I now desire 1:43
20 III Alza! Think only of the pleasures of love 3:42
21 IV Announce the great Don Quixote 5:04
22 V We don't understand 1:36
23 VI Come with me upon my road 1:44
24 VII Me get married, me! 6:16
25 VIII So, here you are again! 2:15
26 IX Laugh, go on! 2:43
27 Second Interlude 2:51
  Act V  
28 I O my master! 5:59
29 II Yes! I was the first 2:59
30 III The Star! 2:21

Massenet: Don Quichotte – Ferruccio Furlanetto, Anna Kiknadze, Eleonora Vindau, Yulia Matochkina, Carlos D’Onofrio, Dmitry Koleushko, Didier Jouanny, Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

The Mariinsky label presents a recording of Don Quichotte, Massenet’s last great opera, a story of unrequited love, deception, and adventure, here featuring the formidable bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role. The opera overflows with the sort of memorable tunes for which this composer was so famous, all wrapped up in exotic colours, and is presented as the red-blooded drama it is.

"... Valery Gergiev’s recording casts Feruccio Furlanetto as Quichotte amid an otherwise all-Russian cast. He is quite astonishingly moving in it, as is Andrei Serov as Sancho Pança... " ****

Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 9 March 2012



Stephen Hastings - Musica magazine - April 2012

"...The opera world has long wanted/needed a good version of Cervantes’ celebrated Don Quixote story, [here] the opera is indeed reborn ..."

The Philadelphia Enquirer

"...the performance led by Valery Gergiev has, in Ferruccio Furlanetto, a Quichotte of undeniable vocal presence and impressive skill ... Gergiev paces the work with expert suppleness, orchestral atmosphere and as musch of his customary flair..."

Opera News (US)

"...Gergiev’s talent lies in his ability to enter a real pulse into this mellifluous music, an intimate necessity that keeps you inerested..."  ****

Classica (France)

‘He [Furlanetto] is quite astonishingly moving in it, as is Andrei Serov as Sancho Pança’

The Observer (UK)

 ‘...sensitive handling of Massenet’s delicately perfumed idiom, relishing the atmosphere of his Spanish pastiche’ -

The Sunday Times (UK)

                  Music ***      Sound ***

Werner Pfister - Fono Forum magazine - May 2012

"...Gergiev and his chorus and orchestra are on fine form and he recorded sound, in the experienced hands of James Mallinson, is excellent."

Richard Lawrence - Gramophone magazine - May 2011

           ’Opera Choice’
Performance ****      Recording *****

Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music Magazine - April 2012

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