Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty op. 66

The Mariinsky Ballet in Montréal, 1989
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Pjotr Tchaikovsky composed magical fairytale music for his second ballet "Sleeping Beauty" from 1890. It saw him team up with the "father of classical ballet", Marius Petipa, for the first time. The plot is not based on the famous version by the Brothers Grimm, but rather Charles Perrault's fairy tale La Belle au bois dormant. Good and evil fairies appear in the story and the music – and Tchaikovsky came up with unusual combinations of instrumental colors to create a magical effect. Especially effective is the leitmotif of the evil fairy Carabosse, which constantly plunges the proceedings into darkness. A recording of the Marinsky Ballet made at the Place des Arts in Montréal during their 1989 tour of Canada. Oleg Vinogradov's elaborate choreography features some exceptional dancers: A 20-year-old Larissa Lezhnina in the role of Princess Aurora, and Farukh Ruzimatov as Prince Désiré.


12/12/2021, 08:00pm (CET)
Advent #3
Mariinsky Ballet: Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty"
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty op. 66

Prologue: The Christening

Act I: The Spell

Act II: The Vision

Act III: The Wedding