Steps In Time

Diaghilev's Russian Ballet

To celebrate Sir John Drummond's 70th birthday, a second chance to hear this series of five programmes in which he presents special recordings of some of the less well know scores commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for his famous ballet company.

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0120041227

Diaghilev's Russian Ballet

To celebrate Sir John Drummond's 70th birthday, a second chance to hear this series of five programmes in which he presents special recordings of some of the less well know scores commissioned by Serge Diaghilev for his famous ballet company.The first in the series features Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral suite which proved to be an enormous success in Paris in 1910.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

0220041228

Today's programme includes a work by Eric Satie featuring innovative sound effects dreamed up by librettist Jean Cocteau, and a thoroughly modern sounding ballet by Satie's pupil Henri Sauguet, first heard in 1927.

Satie: Parade

Sauguet: La chatte

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

0320041229

Auric's work based on Moliere's play has not been seen on the stage for fifty years, and it would be impossible to recreate Liadov's romantic ballet, since part of the score is lost.

Liadov: Contes russes (excerpts)

Auric: Les facheux

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).

0420041230

Today's programme includes Tommasini's orchestration of Diaghilev's favourite Scarlatti keyboard sonatas.

Satie: Jack-in-the-box

Scarlatti (arr Tommasini): The Good Humoured Ladies

Milhaud (arr Mouton): Le train bleu

BBC Concert Orchestra

Ronald Corp (conductor).

05 LAST20041231

This final programme features a rare performance of the complete version of Poulenc's stylish score which evokes the high spirits and chic of 1920s Paris.

Poulenc: Les biches

BBC Singers

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor).