Belgian National Orchestra – Jiří Rožeň conductor – Grégoire Pont text, illustrations – Jovita Vaska mezzo – Igor Marozov tenor – Lucas Tavernier Narration
Symphonie no. 1, op. 13, 1st movement Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden), op. 12 Pyotr Tchaikovsky
In 1873, the Bolshoi Theater commissioned this work from Alexander Ostrovsky. The latter engaged Tchaikovsky for the composition of the music. Who else but him to recreate the magic of Christmas crystallized in The Snow Maiden?
The Snow Maiden (Snégourochka in Russian) is a recurring character in Russian folklore. Daughter of frost and Spring, she is usually portrayed as a beautiful young lady with white skin like winter, deep blue eyes and blond curly hair.
The tale was often told around the fire to cheer up their winter evenings. In a Russia tormented by the yoke of the imperial family, then of stalinism, The Snow Maiden brought an ode of freedom: that of a being capable of living a full life. It is this message that we like to share with you on Christmas.
Friday December 20th : narrator NL + surtitles FR
Saturday December 21st : narrator FR + surtitles NL