Conducted by: DOMONKOS HÉJA


  • Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1 & 2
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No.15

The Veronese lovers’ tragic story has inspired a large number of compositions: symphony, opera, song, elegy, scenic oratory, symphonic symphonic poem. Though, apart from some faint ballet attempts in the 19th century, eurythmical adaptations were created relatively late. Finally, the most captivating adaptation into the language of danceable music was the composition of Prokofiev. This showpiece written in 1935-1936 was first presented to the audience as a concert suite, then the choreographed scenic version some years later, in 1940. The rich, colorful and plural Italian world of renaissance humanism, ranging from the pious Christianity of Friar Lawrance to the epicurean philosophy of Mercutio, stands in a surprising contrast with Prokofiev’s extraordinarily problematic situation and the general political feeling of the darkest Soviet times. This ballet was created in years when the power used a remarkably agressive manner to determine what art was – for Prokofiev and Shostakovich alike.

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