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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    the Mariinsky 2012 -

    Beautiful beyond words! The whole Russian ballet tradition in one video clip!
    Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis;
    das Unzulängliche, hier wird's Ereignis;
    das Unbeschreibliche, hier ist's getan;
    das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan.

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    I saw a production from the Royal Ballet in a broadcast to cinemas. Not being at all acquainted with ballet I was astonished how much I enjoyed it.

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    Taking various family members next Sunday (NYCB Balanchine).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Taking various family members next Sunday (NYCB Balanchine).
    Nutcracker this afternoon with several family members including two grandnieces, 4 and 6. It's quite different watching a ballet with a first timer who was a little scared of the dark (loved the mice though), and a second timer who insisted on waving her arms to the music. (Sometimes last row can be a good thing.) In the end both girls liked it. Me - whenever I had the chance to watch the stage.
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    Just watched this and it takes your breath away. And I don't understand ballet! But I do understand sheer beauty of movement when I see it.

    Give yourself a treat this Christmas by watching it. Astounding!

    Last edited by DavidA; Dec-12-2018 at 21:34.

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    I took my wife last week to the Schuster Center in Dayton, OH for a live orchestral performance of the ballet. The Dayton ballet performed on stage. We were blown away. We are very new to the "arts" and really really enjoyed it and look forward to more plays, ballets and live orchestral performances.

    Hope I used the right terms there...I am brand new to classical music, ect but trying to learn all I can.

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    Just saw the National Ballet of Canada's production here in Toronto. It was designed by Santo Loquasto, who was apparently under some kind of Brewster's Millions contract. It was oddly unfocused - I didn't look into the program until I was on the streetcar home, and the synopsis has all kinds of things about distant parents and growing out of childhood, which didn't really come through for me in the choreography. Part of this is that the stage is constantly so crowded that it was occasionally hard to keep track of who was where and what was going on, but also just a general lack of throughline. The second act has a plot of a grand dinner being prepared for the children (a brother and sister go on the adventure together), but we still get the chocolate and coffee dances, and the dinner culminates in a clumsily staged food fight. It's a weird mix.

    Maybe it was an off night, but it also felt like the dancing was a little imprecise. I've heard that this is a notorious production for slipping and injuries due to the hard floors (to accomodate the heavy sets), so maybe that has something to do with it.

    The music was terrific. You can listen to it too many times and get tired of it, but it really is a miraculous score.

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    My favorite Nutcracker on CD:
    nutcrackerCD.jpg

    My favorite Nutcracker on DVD:
    nutcrackerDVD.jpg

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    For the best on DVD, I'd nominate the San Francisco production - it has the most amazing snowflakes scene.71UMvScsgFL._SY550_.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    For the best on DVD, I'd nominate the San Francisco production - it has the most amazing snowflakes scene.71UMvScsgFL._SY550_.jpg
    My favorite snowflakes.


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    Here's the rather more traditionally conceived San Francisco snowflakes scene to which I referred. By the very end it is visually quite stunning...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebyruKp6c_c

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    One of my favorites pieces of Classical music ever, and "The Nutcracker And The Four Realms" was one heck of a movie! An outstanding composition for my favorite time of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    One of my favorites pieces of Classical music ever, and "The Nutcracker And The Four Realms" was one heck of a movie! An outstanding composition for my favorite time of the year!
    It was quite different from what I expected, but I enjoyed it immensely.

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    Unfortunately, I get the following error when I try to view some of the videos posted here:

    Video unavailable
    The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

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