Great Ballets Of The Twentieth Century

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AO30120140512

Great Ballets of the Twentieth Century.

Presented by James Jolly.

This week, Afternoon on 3 explores some of the colourful ballet scores which changed the course of music history. Beginning with Glazunov's allegorical ballet The Seasons, premiered by the Imperial ballet of St Petersburg in 1900, the story then moves to Paris; for it was here that in 1910 Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russe launched the career of the young Igor Stravinsky with his Firebird, a ballet based on Russian folk tales about a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. Diaghilev and Stravinsky built on the triumph of The Firebird in the following Parisian seasons with the heady Petruschka and the earth-shattering Rite of Spring. But Stravinsky was not the only composer to be adopted by the great Russian impresario; Ravel too was working on what he called a symphonie choréographique based on a story concerning the love between the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. Ravel's hour-long Daphnis et Chloé is regarded by many as the refined Frenchman's orchestral masterpiece and its famous depiction of the sun rising at dawn must surely be one of the most magical moments in all music.

Also this week, a chance to hear Germany's leading period instrument ensemble in Haydn's last great work, his oratorio The Seasons.

Glazunov

The Seasons: Winter

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

c2.10pm

Stravinsky

Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

2.45pm

Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé "symphonie choréographique"

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

c. 3.45pm

Haydn

Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, Hob. XXI:3: Spring

Simon - Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone)

Hanne - Robin Johannsen (soprano)

Lukas - Daniel Behler ( tenor)

RIAS Chamber Choir

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor).

AO30120140512

Great Ballets of the Twentieth Century.

Presented by James Jolly.

This week, Afternoon on 3 explores some of the colourful ballet scores which changed the course of music history. Beginning with Glazunov's allegorical ballet The Seasons, premiered by the Imperial ballet of St Petersburg in 1900, the story then moves to Paris; for it was here that in 1910 Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russe launched the career of the young Igor Stravinsky with his Firebird, a ballet based on Russian folk tales about a magical glowing bird that can be both a blessing and a curse to its owner. Diaghilev and Stravinsky built on the triumph of The Firebird in the following Parisian seasons with the heady Petruschka and the earth-shattering Rite of Spring. But Stravinsky was not the only composer to be adopted by the great Russian impresario; Ravel too was working on what he called a symphonie choréographique based on a story concerning the love between the goatherd Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloé. Ravel's hour-long Daphnis et Chloé is regarded by many as the refined Frenchman's orchestral masterpiece and its famous depiction of the sun rising at dawn must surely be one of the most magical moments in all music.

Also this week, a chance to hear Germany's leading period instrument ensemble in Haydn's last great work, his oratorio The Seasons.

Glazunov

The Seasons: Winter

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

c2.10pm

Stravinsky

Suite from The Firebird (1919 version)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

2.45pm

Ravel

Daphnis et Chloé "symphonie choréographique"

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

c. 3.45pm

Haydn

Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, Hob. XXI:3: Spring

Simon - Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone)

Hanne - Robin Johannsen (soprano)

Lukas - Daniel Behler ( tenor)

RIAS Chamber Choir

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin

Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

Lyadov

The Enchanted Lake

Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor).

AO30220140513

Great Ballets of the Twentieth Century.

Presented by James Jolly.

This week, Afternoon on 3 explores some of the colourful ballet scores which changed the course of music history. All the performances were recorded live at some of Europe's leading concert halls.

Glazunov's beautifully crafted depiction of the seasons, premiered at St Petersburg's Imperial Ballet in 1900 is followed by Stravinsky's Petrushka, premiered in Paris in 1911. With a stage inhabited by Russian street-sellers, a ferris-wheel, a carousel, and a puppet theatre preparing for the Shrovetide Fair, Stravinsky's second ballet for Diaghilev's Ballets russes is a far-cry from the more traditional world of Glazunov's Imperial Ballet.

Also this week, a chance to hear Germany's leading period instrument ensemble in Haydn's last great work, his oratorio The Seasons.

Glazunov

The Seasons: Spring and Summer

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

c. 2.15

Stravinsky

Petrushka

Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

c. 2.55pm

Haydn

Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, Hob. XXI:3: Summer

Simon - Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone)

Hanne - Robin Johannsen (soprano)

Lukas - Daniel Behler ( tenor)

RIAS Chamber Choir,

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

c. 3.30pm

Poulenc

Les Biches ballet suite

European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

c. 3.50pm

Falla

The Three-Cornered hat, Suite No. 1

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Antonello Manacorda (conductor)

c. 4.00pm

Prokofiev

Four movements from Romeo and Juliet, ballet suite op 64

1/ Montagues and Capulets, 2/ Juliet as a Young Girl 3/ Masks 4/ Romeo at Juliet's Grave

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor).

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Great Ballets of the Twentieth Century.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

This week, Afternoon on 3 explores the century's colourful ballet scores. Debussy's Jeux, a rarefied flirtation of a boy and two girls during a game of tennis was soon eclipsed by the scandal of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring also premiered by Dhiagilev's Ballets russes in 1913. But today we move on from the earthy Russian world of Stravinsky's first two ballets to find him in neo-classical mode with his 1920 Commedia dell'arte puppet ballet, Pulcinella. But before that, brace yourselves for the braying of the hunting horns in the choruses of Autumn from Haydn's final masterpiece.

Debussy

Jeux: Poème dansé

NDR Symphony Orchestra, Michel Tabachnik (conductor)

c. 2.15om

Glazunov

Autumn

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

c. 2.30pm

Haydn

Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn

Simon - Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone)

Hanne - Robin Johannsen (soprano)

Lukas - Daniel Behler (tenor)

RIAS Chamber Choir,

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin,

Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

c. 3.00pm

Stravinsky

Suite from Pulcinella

Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Masaaki Suzuki (conductor).

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Great Ballets of the Twentieth Century.

Presented by Ian Skelly.

In the final programme this week, Bartok's seldom-heard pantomime ballet The Wooden Prince, written during the First World War. The dark colours of Bartok's enormous orchestra seem to be light years away from the gossamer textures of The Fairy's Kiss, Stravinsky's 1928 homage to his hero, Tchaikovsky.

Bartok

The Wooden Prince, op 60. ballet music

Berlin Philharmoniker, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

c. 3.00pm

Haydn

Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, Hob. XXI:3: Winter

Simon - Daniel Schmutzhard (baritone),

Hanne - Robin Johannsen (soprano),

Lukas - Daniel Behler (tenor),

RIAS Chamber Choir,

Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)

c. 3.45pm

Stravinsky

Suite from 'Le Baiser de la fée' (1934)

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor).