ROH, Recorded Live
From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this programme highlights the versatility of the Company.
Music: Dmitry Shostakovich, Edward Elgar, Alexander Glazunov
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Rudolf Nureyev
Starring: The Royal Ballet
Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Company’s heritage.
Concerto: Youthful energy and technical precision are combined in Kenneth MacMillan’s virtuoso ballet, set to Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto.
Enigma Variations: The essence of British ballet, with music by Elgar, period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman and Ashton’s signature choreographic style.
Raymonda Act III: The final act of Petipa’s grand ballet classic, which contains some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet, was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev.