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The ballet Masquerade is a rarity. The Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
originally conceived the evocative score as incidental music for
a 1941 production of Mikhail Lermontov’s play of the same
name. The ballet, following Lermontov’s drama, tells the
tragic tale of a bracelet lost at a masked ball which leads Arbenin
to wrongly accuse his wife Nina of infidelity. Despite her protestations
of innocence, Arbenin poisons her, only to learn that she was guiltless.
The 1985 filmed production presented here makes full use of cinematic
techniques to convey the ambiguity of sinister stratagems lurking
at the fringes of a swirling masquerade ball, while Khachaturian’s
music – in particular the famous Waltz and the wistful Nocturne – provides
the perfect accompaniment to the inventive choreography.
Color, 63 minutes, 4:3, All regions
Music by Aram Khachaturian
Libretto by L. Vilkovskaya, M. Dolgopolov, N. Rizhenko, V. Smirnov-Golovanov
Music arranged and edited by E. Oganessian
Choreography by N. Rizhenko and V. Smirnov-Golovanov
Arbenin: Nikita Dolgushin
Nina: Svetlana Smirnova
Prince Zvezdich: Sergei Baranov
Baroness Shtral: Natalia Barisheva
Shprikh: Alexander Koreniak
The Stranger: Raphael Avnikian
Soloists, Corps de ballet, Orchestra and Chorus of
Alexander Spendaryan State Academy Opera and Ballet Theatre
Hakob Ter-Voskanian, conductor
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