Yuri Grigorovich | Nina Kaptsova | Bolshoi Ballet

Shostakovich : The Golden Age

A rare and refined ballet, which ran the risk of falling into oblivion twice, is danced by the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet, among which Nina Kaptsova et Mikhail Lobukhin.

A modern and visionary work, this ballet, set to a music by Dmitri Shostakovich, was created in 1930. Its central theme was the highly moralized battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the Roaring Twenties. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, probably because it borrowed much to european dance forms (and was openly inspired by jazz music) and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto mainly revolving around the love story between Rita, a cabaret dancer, and Boris, an young idealist. The conflict in the original production was also recast as a clash between fishermen – the morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.

To bring back on stage The Golden Age in autumn 2016, a few months prior to Yuri Grigorovich’s 90th birthday, was a highly symbolic choice for the Bolshoi Ballet : this work, the last Grigorovich would ever choreograph for his company, hadn’t been staged for almost 10 years !

A rare and refined ballet, which ran the risk of falling into oblivion twice, The Golden Age is danced by the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet, among which Nina Kaptsova et Mikhail Lobukhin. Its release on DVD and Blu-ray adds a new title to BelAir Classiques’ prestigious « Bolshoi Ballet HD Collection ».

Press review

“Para todo interesado en Shostakovich esta es una oportunidad buena de hacerse con este emblemático título” – Revista RITMO

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Shostakovich : The Golden Age [DVD & Blu-ray]

Music : Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

Rita, a young girl : Nina Kaptsova
Boris, a young fisherman : Ruslan Skvortsov
Yashka, a gangster : Mikhail Lobukhin
Lyuska, Yashka’s accomplice : Ekaterina Krysanova

Soloists, Corps de Ballet & Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Ballet

Choreography : Youri Grigorovitch

Sets and costumes : Simon Virsaladze
Lights : Mikhail Sokolov

Conductor : Pavel Klinichev

technical informations

HD recording : Bolshoi Theatre | 10/2016
TV direction : Vincent Bataillon
Release date : 09 June 2017
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC143
Barcode : 3760115301436
Running time : 103 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC443
Barcode : 3760115304437
Running time : 103 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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