Official programme for "Concerts Historiques Russes".


Official programme for “Concerts Historiques Russes”.

G. de Malherbe for Moreau frères, Paris, 1907.

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Official programme for "Concerts Historiques Russes".


A fine example of this thick, richly illustrated programme for Diaghilev’s second “export campaign” of Russian art and culture to Paris.

In 1907 Diaghilev presented five symphony concerts at the Paris Opéra, in which celebrated artists and virtuosi took part. This ‘Russian season’ marked the rising star of Diaghilev and his productions that enjoyed astonishing success in Paris and world-wide in the following years.

The programme included such famous pieces as Russlan and Ludmila and The Komarinskaya by Glinka, Christmas Eve by Rimsky-Korsakov, Symphony No. 2 in C minor by Tchaikovsky, The Prince Igor by Borodin. The lead singers were Marianne Tcherkassky and Feodor Chaliapin, who made a debut in Paris. Apollinary Vasnetsov and the great Mir Isskustva [World of Art] artist Konstantin Korovin were invited to design decorations. Moving away from the traditional stage design, which only indicated a place of action, Korovin produced more sensual designs conveying the general emotions of the performance – which was seen as revolutionary.


8vo (28 x 22 cm). 96 pages, including 30 full-page illustrations, original printed wrappers; very slightly sunned.


Boris Kochno, Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes (NY & Evanston, 1970).


Stock ID: 92482