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Bolshoi Confidential – Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today Hardcover – Illustrated, 11 November 2016

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  • ISBN-10 : 0871402963
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0871402967
  • Hardcover : 512 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 16.76 x 4.57 x 24.38 cm
  • Publisher : Liveright; Illustrated Edition (11 November 2016)
  • Language: : English
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Another marvelously informative book from Simon Morrison, dishing this time on Russia's great musical theater, onstage and off. It is a wonderful read, full of intriguing spectacle and spectacular intrigue.--Richard Taruskin, author of The Oxford History of Western Music

Charming and astonishingly detailed...The Bolshoi's dancers, ballets, and composers, its administrators and detractors and supporters--all are tantalizingly depicted here... Balletomanes will drool and sigh, music lovers will be fascinated...A riveting history.

Morrison sweeps readers through the storied company's 240-year history, describing key figures onstage and off, political ties to various regimes, and the births of many famous ballets.

Morrison turns to the past in order to unpack the conundrum of the Bolshoi within the enigma-wrapped, mystery-obscured riddle of the Russian state...All of this makes for good, even great, fodder...Sex scandals, double-suicide pacts, bribery, arson, executions, prostitution rings, embezzlement, starving orphans, dead cats in lieu of flowers, and ballerinas refusing to shave their armpits.--Madison Mainwaring

The title means what it says. There's plenty of scandal here: arson, double suicide, dead cats flung at curtain calls. At the same time, the book is energetically researched, beautifully written -- fun, relaxed, sophisticated -- and full of serious ideas, boldly stated.--Joan Acocella, dance critic

A sweeping, grandly intriguing story at the interface of art and power. . . . Morrison frames his story, always readable and brimming with curious anecdotes, with the recent, newsworthy acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, a strange episode that exposed not just clashes of individual personalities, but also competing views of what the Bolshoi should be, some of which may have emanated from inside the walls of the neighboring Kremlin. A must for ballet buffs . . . . [and] a look backstage that is both lively and learned.

A colorful and erudite view on Russia through the tumultuous history of the sumptuous Bolshoi.--Peter Pomeranzev, author of Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

About the Author

Simon Morrison is a professor of music at Princeton University, a contributor to the New York Times and the Times Literary Supplement, and the author of, most recently, Lina and Serge. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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