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Some are steeped in history, others demonstrate the best of modern architecture - discover the most iconic venues for classical music, where some of the world's greatest music was heard for the first time.
It's hard to imagine a time when music by Russian masters Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky didn't exist, but the lucky audience members at the Mariinsky Theatre were treated to the world premieres of some of classical music's finest works. Mussorgsky's 'Boris Godunov' was first performed there in 1874, and the revised version of Prokofiev's ballet, 'Romeo and Juliet', was first seen in 1940.
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