Symphony Concert 9

London Symphony Orchestra | Valery Gergiev
Fri, 24 August 2012 | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall
Valery Gergiev (Aberto Venzago) 

London Symphony Orchestra | Valery Gergiev conductor

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
“Cinderella,” Op. 87. Complete ballet music in three acts

During the apocalypse of the Second World War, between 1940 and 1944, Sergei Prokofiev composed his fairy-tale ballet “Cinderella,” the story of the poor young girl who is enslaved by her evil stepmother and ugly step-sisters—yet who wins the heart of her Prince Charming. Everything ends happily! Prokofiev insisted on confidence and faith in the most beautiful dreams, even in times of extreme distress. “He was so natural, so honest and simple, and expressed his impressions so fully, that he seemed to be a big child,” recalled the dancer Galina Ulanova. In “Cinderella” Prokofiev plays with the tradition of Russian ballet with relish, spicing the score in a tongue-in-cheek way with examples of classical dances, from the passepied, the pavane, and the bourrée to the waltz, mazurka, and galop. This will be a showcase for star Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, head of the legendary Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, who brings his London Orchestra to Lucerne for this concert.


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