8th August

Concert will begin at 17:30 hours GMT

Archival recording: Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' with Marusin, Leiferkus and Gustafson from London

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BBC Proms. Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' is an opera to a Russian libretto by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, but the plot was dramatically altered. During the reign of Catherine the Great (1762–96), children are at play in St. Petersburg's Summer Garden pretending to be soldiers. Two officers — Tsurin and Chekalinsky — enter, the former complaining about his bad luck at gambling. They remark that another officer, Herman, seems obsessed with the gaming table but never bets, being frugal and methodical. Performers:

Yuri Marusin: Hermann.
Sergei Leiferkus: Tomsky.
Dimitri Kharitonov: Prince Yeletsky.
Felicity Palmer: Countess.
Nancy Gustafson: Lisa.
Enid Hartle: Governess.
Anne Dawson: Chloe.

Glyndebourne Chorus. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.

Recorded 26 July 1992.

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