The Mariinsky label draws on the Mariinsky Theatre's rich legacy and historical ties to the great Russian composers. It showcases the extraordinary talent within the theatre and orchestra, presenting new recordings of works - both familiar and less well known - to the widest possible audience.
Further Reading: Mariinsky
Gergiev conducts an electrifying Walküre starring René Pape as Wotan, Nina Stemme as his rebel daughter, and Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Kampe as the Walsung Twins; Kaufmann’s solo album of opera scenes and the Wesendock-Lieder, meanwhile, is the best thing he’s ever done.
Rolando Villazón brings apposite wildness and fragility to Goethe’s tortured poet, with Antonio Pappano presiding over a visceral, near-Italianate performance from the Covent Garden orchestra, whilst Ferruccio Furlanetto is heart-breaking as the ‘knight of the doleful countenance’ from the Mariinsky.