Britten-Pears Orchestra & Marin Alsop II
Saturday 11 Aug 2018 7:30pm
Prokofiev’s famous ballet score
Marin Alsop conductor
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet 100’
The turbulence and tragedy of Shakespeare’s lovers inspired Prokofiev to write one of the greatest ballet scores in musical history, a vivid and exuberant score for a huge orchestra that has lost none of its captivating power 80 years after its first performance. Thanks to football clubs and reality TV, The March of The Knights is as instantly and widely recognisable as any piece of twentieth century classical music. But there are surprises and delights to be found at every turn in this mighty masterpiece, moments to thrill, move and shock us, from lighter than air buoyancy of the ensemble showpieces, the tenderness of the lovers’ exchanges and furious energy of the warring factions.