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Mark Monahan

Dance critic Mark Monahan introduces music from the first hundred years of modern ballet, including Adam, Delibes, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Dance critic Mark Monahan goes on a whistle-stop tour through the first 100 years of the ballet as we know it today, looking at the ground-breaking works that took cities such as Paris and St Petersburg by storm. He traces the history of ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake which were - surprisingly - both resounding flops when Tchaikovsky premiered them, only being rescued later by the dance-maker Marius Petipa. And he looks at the enormous influence of Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, beginning with Mikhail Fokine's 1907 ballet Chopiniana, leading to famous scores by Stravinsky and Ravel.

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Sat 10 Dec 2016 13:00

Music Played

  • Herman Severin Løvenskiold

    La Sylphide - Overture

    Orchestra: Det Kongelige Kapel. Conductor: David Garforth.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-6546.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Adolphe Adam

    Giselle - Pas de Deux (Giselle and Albrecht)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Sony Classical : SK42450.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 28.
  • Léo Delibes

    Coppelia - Act I - Mazurka

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA : 4604182.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig Minkus

    La Bayadere - The Kingdom of the Shades (extract)

    Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Lanchbery.
    • EMI : 9682052.
    • EMI.
    • 14.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Sleeping Beauty - the Garland Waltz

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA51132.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 15.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (extract)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • PHILIPS : 462-114-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 7.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake - end

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SONY : SB2K89735.
    • SONY.
    • 24.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Les Sylphides - I Prelude, VII Waltz, VIII Waltz

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • PHILIPS : 422 286-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird (excerpt)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Naxos : 8.557500.
    • Naxos.
    • 22.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a L'Apres-Midi d'Un Faune

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG : 427 250-2.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloe - Opening

    Performer: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 400 055-2.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite Of Spring - Sacrificial Dance (the Chosen One)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SMK60694.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 13.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    La Boutique Fantasque - Tarantella

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Eugene Goossens.
    • EMI CLASSICS : 0946 3 50889 2 2.
    • EMI CLASSICS.
    • 8.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Apollo (end)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI : CDC 7 49636 2.
    • EMI.
    • 1.

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