4 Nov 2017

STRAVINSKY: Petrouchka

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 4 November 2017
Portrait of Stravinsky by Robert Delaunay

Portrait of Stravinsky by Robert Delaunay, in the Garman Ryan Collection Photo: Public Domain

Petrouchka is the Russian version of Pierrot. Stravinsky already had ideas for an orchestral piece on the story and it was Diaghilev who suggested a ballet. Together with the choreographer Fokine, the designer Benois and a stellar cast of dancers, they developed what has become one of the most successful ballets ever.

Setting it at a traditional Shrovetide Fair, perfectly suited Stravinsky's talent for orchestral colour and drama to describe the chaos and brilliance of the scenario. A magician showman at the fair appears to bring his three puppets to life: Petrouchka, a Ballerina and a Moor.

The ballet was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev's 'Ballets Russes' at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 13 June 1911.

Recorded 4 November 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack

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