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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

Cadogan Hall: 18th April 2016

 

Mariinsky Orchestra
Valery Gergiev – conductor

 

concert hall mahlerFollowing their sell-out concert in October 2015, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra returned to Cadogan Hall with a concert performance of the complete ballet score of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. This concert was a double celebration as 2016 saw both the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare and the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev.

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the world’s best-loved ballets, and its history is inextricably linked with the Mariinsky company which, under its Soviet name Kirov, gave the Russian premiere in 1940 with the legendary ballerina Galina Ulanova as Juliet. Since then the ballet has never been out of the company’s repertoire and the original production, which was overseen by the composer, is still performed.

Prokofiev’s colourful and lyrical score brings the world of the Montagues and Capulets vividly to life. Bursting with memorable scenes and ravishing melodies, Prokofiev’s orchestra depicts the whole cast of Shakespeare’s characters from the innocent wonderment of the young Juliet and the proud, haughty grandeur of the Capulets in their famous ball to the bustling market scenes where youthful high jinx suddenly turn into deadly combat. In the famous Balcony Scene, Prokofiev perfectly captures the awakening passion of the young lovers and the sheer rapture of falling in love.