Saturday Classics is a Music programme.

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Saturday Classics

Dance critic Mark Monahan introduces music from the first hundred years of modern ballet, exploring the groundbreaking works that took cities such as Paris and St Petersburg by storm. He traces the history of ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake which were - surprisingly - both resounding flops when Tchaikovsky premiered them, only being rescued later by the dance-maker Marius Petipa. Mark also investigates the enormous influence of Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, beginning with Mikhail Fokine's 1907 ballet Chopiniana, leading to famous scores by Stravinsky and Ravel.

Genre: Music

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

When is Saturday Classics next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio Three December 10th, 1:00pm and on BBC Radio Three December 17th, 1:00pm. See more...