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Catalogue No: 100390
Shop Product Code: 2126214
St Petersburg Maryinsky Acrobatic Troup
Prokofiev's disturbingly enigmatic opera, The Fiery Angel, was never performed in his lifetime - considered too decadent by Stalin and his successors - but David Freeman's imaginative production asserts it as one of the composer's greatest masterpieces.
Ostensibly, it is a tale of religious hysteria and demonic possession, but the novel, by the Russian decadent Valéry Bryusov, from which the opera is derived, also explores symbolically the love triangle endured by the writer himself, inspired by the self-destructive figure of his lover, the poet Nina Petrovskaya.
David Freeman has completely entered into this opera's strangely unnerving world. Evil is all around us and in his sensational production the image is taken quite literally.
Recording Date: 1993
Place of recording: Maryinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
Running Time: 124 min
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
"After the novel of the same name by Valery Briusov. The setting is in Germany at the time of the inquisition. It has supernatural, religious hysteria and demonic possession: Sergei Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel is now on DVD."
By: Fallon Ann Williams