BBC PROMS 2011
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Valery Gergiev brings the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to the Proms with music from their homeland. Two years ago their performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet-score The Sleeping Beauty was a highlight of the season. This year they bring another of Tchaikovsky's great dance works, Swan Lake.
Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for the Swan Queen, Odette. She and her swan retinue are human beings under the spell of an evil sorcerer - swans by day, human beings by night. The story of how the terrible spell is eventually broken and Siegfried and Odette united for ever is one of the most romantic and passionate tales told in the world of ballet. Tchaikovsky's score is both vivid and subtle, especially when, as this evening, it is heard complete, rather than in the more often heard suite.
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Acts 2 and 3
Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev (conductor).