New Blu-Ray Releases from LSO Live and Mariinsky
Available in October are three new releases offered on Blu-Ray: Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Mariinsky Ballet directed by Valery Gergiev; Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique by the London Symphony Orchestra also with Valery Gergiev; and Mendelssohn. Symphony No. 3 by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, featuring pianist Maria Joäo Pires. Romeo & Juliet is available as a special “Double Play” Blu-ray and DVD set, while the Berlioz and Mendelssohn include a Blu-Ray audio and video disc in addition to an audio SACD. All three releases are available for preorder now on Amazon.
The Mariinsky label presents Leonid Lavrovsky’s celebrated production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Filmed in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in 2013 and conducted by Valery Gergiev, it stars Mariinsky ballet dancers Diana Vishneva as Juliet and Vladimir Shklyarov as Romeo. Lavrovsky’s masterpiece was created at the Mariinsky Theatre in January 1940 and the staging has been treasured in St. Petersburg ever since. His choreography creates a grandly moving portrait of the star-crossed lovers and the Renaissance society which frames their tragedy.
"The virtuosity of the Mariinsky Orchestra is at times mind-blowing"
- International Record Review
LSO Live presents the first release in a new Mendelssohn symphony cycle featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Offered in sets containing both SACD and audio/video Blu-ray discs, Gardiner’s interpretations can be seen and heard to full effect. Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 and Hebrides Overture were both inspired by his travels to the British Isles, and are among the composer’s most popular works. Also featured on this release is the Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto.
"Pires plays...with exceptional taste; it is as if she were 'talking' the music to us."
- The Whole Note
Berlioz let his imagination run wild in his music, finding inspiration in all manner of sources, including his own turbulent personal life. His experience of powerful, unrequited love finds its expression in the emotionally charged Symphonie fantastique. There are few orchestras with the music of Berlioz more thoroughly in their blood than the London Symphony Orchestra, and here Valery Gergiev brings to bear his opulent interpretation of this landmark piece.
"The LSO's performances brim with virtuosic energy."
- Listen Magazine