Live from The Royal Ballet, Covent GardenJewels
Live from The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic.
Each of the three movements draws on a different stone for its inspiration and a different composer for its sound. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the lyricism of ‘Emeralds’. The fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet in ‘Diamonds’, with the splendour of Imperial Russia and Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony.
Each section salutes a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life. Through it all, Balanchine displays his genius for combining music with visionary choreography.
Igor Stravinsky and
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
|Performed by||The Royal Ballet|
|Concert Master||Peter Schulmeister|
|Orchestra||Orchestra of the Royal Opera House|
|Set designer||Jean-Marc Puissant|
|Costume designer||Barbara Karinska|
The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals.