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Verdi

Magazine article Gramophone

Verdi

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Verdi [DVD-V] [Br]  Attila Ildar Abdrazakov bass                                           Attila Anna Markarova sop                                            Odabella Vladislav Sulimsky bar                                            Ezio Sergei Skorokhodov ten                                         Foresto Mikhail Makarov ten                                             Uldino Timur Abdikeyev bass                                             Leone 

Marlinsky Orchestra / Valery Gergiev

Stage director Arturo Gama

Video director Matthias Leutzendorff

Mariinsky [F] [DVD-V] MAR0534; [F] [Br] MAR0538

(107' * NTSC * 16:9 * 1080i * DTS-HD MA5.1, DTS5.1 & PCM stereo * 0 * s)

Recorded live, December 2010

Verdi's ninth opera launches Mariinsky's new DVD line

Until Samuel Ramey took up the title-role in the 1980s, Verdi's ninth opera was known less from performances in the theatre than from the Philips recording (now on Decca, 5/73R), conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, in its groundbreaking series of early Verdi operas. Now Attila has become accepted as a stirring vehicle for a bass of stature and temperament, and it seems likely that it was the presence of Ildar Abdrazakov that encouraged the Mariinsky Opera to take it up.

Arturo Gama's traditional production need not scare anybody who is watching primarily for the music. The vaguely abstract sets--a pile of dead bodies at the back, distressed walls, giant stakes like tree trunks--have enough atmosphere to conjure the sense of rampant destruction essential for this most bloodthirsty of Verdi's early operas. …

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