Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu de cartes – Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

December 2, 2018, 9:00 am

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The Mariinsky Label presents Valery Gergiev’s first recording of Stravinsky’s iconic ballet Petrushka, paired with one of the composer’s hidden gems, the witty Jeu de cartes. Stravinsky’s score to Petrushka is one of his most celebrated works and a product of his famous collaboration with Serge Diaghilev that also produced The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. Presented here in the composer’s original 1911 version, it tells the story of the loves and jealousies of three puppets who are brought to life during the Shrovetide Fair in Saint Petersburg. A ballet in ‘three deals,’ 1937’s Jeu de cartes stems from Stravinsky’s life-long enthusiasm for cards – poker in particular.