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PROMS 49 & 50 ROYAL ALBERT HALL/ RADIO 3 LONDON

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IGOR BELSKY was an outstanding dancer who became one of the leading choreographers of Soviet ballet in the 1960s and 1970s and the artistic director of the Kirov Ballet for four years. As a choreographer he made a particularly big impression with his first two pieces: The Coast of Hope (1959) and Leningrad Symphony (1961). These were viewed as highly original in the way they forged a new classical language and dealt with modern themes and music.

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