Masquerade (Khachaturian) - Dolgushin, Smirnova (DVD)

Masquerade (Khachaturian) - Dolgushin, Smirnova (DVD)

Code: 4515



Product Description


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