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Cadogan Hall 2018-2019

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev conductor

Homage to Tchaikovsky and Petipa

Monday 5 November 2018 7.30pm

Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66
Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64

Petipa, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated throughout the ballet world in 2018, worked at the Mariinsky Theatre for over half a century, including more than 30 years as First Ballet Master and Principal Choreographer of the company. Petipa’s numerous full length works and definitive revivals remain corner stones of the ballet repertory today, including Don Quixote, La bayadère, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty which features in this Mariinsky concert, was comissioned by the Mariinsky Theatre which gave its world premiere in St Petersburg in 1890.

Tchaikovsky’s close association with the Mariinsky Theatre included numerous opera and ballet commissions as well as symphonic performances. He conducted the Imperial Orchestra (forerunner of today’s Mariinsky Orchestra) on many occasions, including, in 1888, in the world premiere of his Fifth Symphony.

This concert celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Mariinsky Theatre Trust (UK)

Monday 4 March 2019 7.30pm

Excerpts from Swan Lake, Op.20
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36


Tuesday 5 March 2019 7.30pm

Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Op.71
Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74, Pathétique

In these two concerts, the Mariinsky Orchestra, under Artistic Director Valery Gergiev, continues its cycle of late Tchaikovsky symphonies paired with music from his best-loved ballets associated with Marius Petipa and St Petersburg. Swan Lake, despite an initial failure in Moscow, went on to become one of the most popular ballets in the world, thanks to the revival by Petipa and Ivanov at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s last ballet, was commissioned by the Mariinsky as part of a double bill with his final opera, Iolanta. The Imperial Orchestra gave the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s powerful Sixth Symphony, Pathétique in St Petersburg, conducted by the composer, just nine days before his untimely death.