Hill's authority and Frith's power made it unforgettable.

The Guardian on Ballet Classics 1 Afternoon Concert

with PETER HILL Piano
and BENJAMIN FRITH Piano
 TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty, arranged Rachmaninov (excerpts)
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake, arranged Debussy (excerpts)
STRAVINSKY Petrushka

If there is one corner of the classical repertoire in which Russian composers rule supreme then it is unquestionably music for ballet. We’re delighted to pay tribute in two Saturday afternoon concerts featuring masterpieces by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, played in versions for two pianists at a single piano. This format is not simply a revival of a formidable pianistic tradition but also, with the ferocious technical demands, an event with the excitement and tension of a highly competitive sporting contest.

 Pre-concert talk

Peter Hill examines the work of Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes in the years leading up to the First World War.

Free to all concert ticket holders

Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.

Don’t know where to start? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or come along to a Russia in the Round ‘taster’ concert on 11 March.

Running time: About 55 minutes
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