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.
The Seasons: Spring and Summer
Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)
Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
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)
Les Biches ballet suite
European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
The Three-Cornered hat, Suite No. 1
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Antonello Manacorda (conductor)
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).