138. Ballet music that packs a punch: Stravinsky, Petrushka

It’s a riot of colour at the carnival in Igor Stravinsky’s wonderful ballet, Petrushka, with dancing (of course), puppets, romance (kind of), fighting, and a wild bear. It’s got everything – even a French song about a woman’s prosthetic limb, but you have to listen for an explanation…!

Total listening time 48 mins (podcast 13′, music 35′)

The music is here in full, played by The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez – a master of clarity and excitement:

or here with links to the album (where you want tracks 1-4):

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The recording linked above is available to buy as a high-quality download from Presto Music (where it seems to be cheaper by track than to buy the whole album).

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