Thursday, May 2, 2013

Romeo and Juliet Ballet

Prokofiev wrote the ballet in 1935, working in collaboration with the dramatist, Sergei Radlov, who expressed the familiar tragedy “as a struggle for the right to love by young, strong, and progressive people battling against feudal traditions and feudal outlooks on marriage and family.” Prokofiev created a score that rose above the tragedy.Prokofiev has packed the ballet with saucy rhythms and extracts passion of the star crossed lovers. The ballet is in four acts.This is the only complete performance of the original 1938 version and not the revised 1940 one. It is performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine directed by Andrew Mogrelia.

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