Vladimir Spivakov Will Present Ballet Suites by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky

March 17, 2022 | Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow Performing Arts Center
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Conductor – Vladimir Spivakov
Tchaikovsky. Suite from the ballet “Swan Lake”
Tchaikovsky. Suite from the ballet “The Nutcracker”
Tchaikovsky. Suite from the ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”
Stravinsky. Divertimento from the ballet “The Fairy's Kiss” (Le Baiser de la fée)


On March 17, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will perform Suites from the music to ballets by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky at the Moscow Performing Arts Center.

Tchaikovsky’s works hold a very special place in Vladimir Spivakov's heart and constitute the most important part of the NPR's repertoire. “Tchaikovsky's music was the first conscious shock that smashed me. And his music has been with me all my life!” – says the Maestro. Along with Tchaikovsky's symphonies and fragments from his operas, the NPR concerts often feature the Suites from the music to his ballets “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “The Sleeping Beauty”. In 2004 two of them got recorded for RCA Red Seal.

Tchaikovsky's masterworks opened a new chapter in the history of the ballet art in Russia for the composer made this genre more symphonic and more dramatic, thus changing the status of its music from merely additional (to dancing) to equivalent if not more than that. Tchaikovsky in his ballets always strove for embodying the dream of goodness, love and happiness, making the characters' emotions more realistic.

The concert will end with the Divertimento from Stravinsky's ballet Le Baiser de la fée (“The Fairy's Kiss”) inspired by Tchaikovsky's music and incorporating excerpts from “The Queen of Spades”, “The Sleeping Beauty” and some vocal and piano pieces, also those from “The Children's Album”. In his preface to the score Stravinsky wrote: “I dedicate this ballet to the memory of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet has an allegoric meaning for Tchaikovsky's Muse was akin to a fairy. Like the Fairy the Muse marked Tchaikovsky with her kiss, the stamp of which is seen in all works by the great artist.


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