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Thread: Which of the 3 great Stravinsky ballets is your favorite... and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Nothing like Le Sacre. Too bad it's so rarely performed.
    One of the most memorable concerts I've attended was Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia performing (unbelievably well) the Rite of Spring and Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin. As if that weren't enough, the "filler" was Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto!

    St David's Hall Cardiff, 15th January 2011... what a great evening that was.

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    It's hardly possible to rate Le Sacre highly enough: massively, viscerally impactful and enormously influential; opening up vast new vistas in the domain of rhythm. If I had a time machine which I could use only for one return trip, then May 29 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées would have to be very high on my list of destinations, although admittedly mostly to experience that legendary riotous premiere, given that the musical performance was mostly rendered inaudible. That said, I tend to think that the piece works better in the concert hall than as an actual ballet. I did see it danced some years ago, but I don't really recall too much about the dance performance or choreography. Le Sacre is just such an overwhelming musical experience that it dwarfs the dance, the latter being, after all, what the ballet is really supposed to be about.

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    Speaking of Igor, I'm looking forward to this next month.

    https://www.nycballet.com/Season-Tic...ky-x-Five.aspx

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    I really like Pulcinella and probably Le Sacre after that. But as the thread shows there are so many good ballets by this composer. I can just live on the music, but adding dance is intriguing.

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    Agon - best ballet ever created...

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    YES! I love how, from the start, the concept of "The Great Stravinsky Ballets" (and the subsequent implication that the others are not worthwhile) has been utterly destroyed.

    Apollo.
    "I like to think that oysters transcend national barriers" - Roger Waters

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    goes in this order -

    The Firebird






    Petrushka






    Le Sacre Du Printemps


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    the rite of spring production movie -


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    I would say Petrouchka, for it's variance of mood, energy and color. I have Ben Zander and Ozawa, 1968 recordings of the 1947 version. Stokowski and Monteux for the 1911 version. I also like the Boulez from the early seventies.
    The Firebird (Ozawa), Pulcinella(Salonen), Apollo (Chailly) and The Rite (Muti) are all essential to my collection. I have less familiarity with the other Stravinsky ballets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    the rite of spring production movie -

    I've seen this a couple of times and thought it was really good - it might have annoyed the purists with its strong camp-o-meter rating but I thought the tension bouncing off Nijinsky, Diaghilev and Stravinsky while RoS was being hammered into shape was entertaining, and the portrayal of a Paris unknowingly approaching the end of La Belle Époque made for an evocative backdrop. I'm not sure whether the 30-ish Stravinsky was really quite as prickly and neurotic as he is portrayed in the film but these possible exaggerations gave his character some extra light and shade. To the detractors who thought the film was too flippant to do justice to one of the landmark events of music I say look on the bright side - imagine how awful it would really have been had Ken Russell tackled the subject.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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