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Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name, The Gambler is a dark study of human failings and the corruptive power of money.
In this work, everyone gambles: the hero Alexei, the General and even the wealthy aunt Babulenka gamble with money; Blanche, the Marquis and Polina - who loves Alexei - gamble with their fellow human beings. The results are humiliation, ruin and self-delusion.
The Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of world-famous conductor Daniel Barenboim provides the orchestral sound to the full, lustrous voices of Misha Didyk, Kristine Opolais, Vladimir Ognovenko and Stefania Toczyska.
Recorded live at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, March 2008.