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TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty, arranged Rachmaninov (excerpts)
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake, arranged Debussy (excerpts)
If there is one corner of the classical repertoire in which Russian composers rule supreme then it is unquestionably music for ballet. We’re delighted to pay tribute in two Saturday afternoon concerts (of which this is the first - Ballet Classics 1) featuring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, played in versions for two pianists at a single piano.
This format is not simply a revival of a formidable pianistic tradition but also, with the ferocious technical demands, an event with the excitement and tension of a highly competitive sporting contest.
The second of these Saturday afternoon concerts Ballet Classics 2 follows on Saturday 13 May at 4.30pm.
2 - 2.30pm
The Adelphi Room
FREE to concert ticket holders
Peter Hill examines the work of Stravinsky and the Ballets Russe in the years leading up to the First World War.
Can't decide which concerts to come to? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or
come along to our Russia in the Round introductory concert on 11 March for inspiration.