Sunday 6 May 2007

YURI GRIGOROVICH - 80th birthday tribute

Spartacus, was a ballet by Aram Khachaturian, probably his second most widely known ballet after his work ‘Gayane’. The work follows the exploits of Spartacus, the leader of the slave uprising against the Romans known as the ‘Third Servile War’. The ballet is relatively recent, being composed in 1954 and revised in 1968, and was widely acclaimed by critics in Moscow in 1956 as a masterpiece.

The Golden Age, a ballet by Dmitri Shostakovich (12 Sept 1906 – 9 Aug 1975). Shostakovich prided himself on his orchestration, which is clear and well-projected. This aspect of Shostakovich's technique owes more to Mahler than Rimsky-Korsakov. His greatest works are generally considered to be his symphonies and string quartets, fifteen of each. Other works include operas, six concertos, and a substantial quantity of film music.

The Nutcracker, is a fairy-ballet in two acts, three tableaux, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed in 18911892, and based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (German: Der Nußknacker und der Mausekönig), a story by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1816). Alexandre Dumas, père's adaptation of the story was set to music by Tchaikovsky (after a libretto possibly written by Marius Petipa and commissioned by the Imperial Theatres' administrator Ivan Vsevolozhsky in 1891). In Western countries, this ballet has become among the most popular ballets performed, primarily around Christmas time.
Royal Opera House, London 28 Jan 2007

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