Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in a performance of Stravinsky's Symphonic Dances.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle dance through a programme of Russian music live at the BBC Proms - Stravinsky's Firebird ballet and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
In the first of their two BBC Proms this year, Sir Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic don their dancing shoes and whisk us off to Russia. Via America, in the case of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances: composed on Long Island for the Philadelphia Orchestra, they blend the balletic traditions of the exile Rachmaninov's Russian homeland with jazz influences from his adopted home, the United States. After the interval, there's authentic Russian ballet and fairytale in Stravinsky's breakthrough work about the magical Firebird.
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