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    Romeo and Juliet is also my favourite one. I've got various recordings: Muti, Previn, Maazel, and the last Gerviev with LSO. I've seen two productions of the Royal Ballet and one of the Bolshoi (in cinemas).

    I like other ballets, but not as much as Romeo.

    i take the oportunity to say that I don't like Minkus (many ballet dancers are very fond of him).

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    First, for me, it's Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, a wonderful Christmas tale.

    This is the only one that I saw "in real", at the Opéra-comique in Paris. I was young...

    So maybe I have a bit of nostalgia

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    Oh my, this is a tough question to answer because I have so many. I would have to say Swan Lake is my all time favorite. With that being said, I would certainly place under that the following:
    Romeo and Juliet
    Sleeping Beauty
    Spartacus
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    I enjoy the two ballet pantomimes written by Vitezslav Novak, Nikotina and Signorina Gioventu. There are not many recordings of them. The CD's I have are Supraphon releases with Frantisek Jilek conducting the BRNO State Orchestra.
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    I also enjoy Prokofiev's ballet music very much. Romeo, Cinderella, The Fiery Angel, more.
    Please excuse the consecutive posts, I'm still finding my way around the site functions. I was looking for a delete button to erase an entry and wound up with three posts instead!
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    Though there are several that I enjoy very much, if I had to pick just one it would be Swan Lake. The music alone is so dramatically powerful. The coda always overwhelms me. Just the transition of the main theme from minor to major with the orchestra playing full out is enough to reduce me to shivers and tears. Tchaikovsky actually said that if he had heard Delibes's Sylvia before he finished Swan Lake he would not have bothered to finish it. Sylvia is wonderful, but for Pete's sake! Listening to Swan Lake is a most extraordinary way to spend two hours and forty minutes. Of course a good ballet production only makes it better.

    There are many more that I love and I wish to post about them too. I want to economize my posts a bit more to keep myself from running on. I can't seem to say enough about some things!

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