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    And yet the professional critics usually say Tchaikovsky's greatest ballet is Sleeping Beauty...
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    I have only attended one ballet in my life and do not watch them on DVD, youtube or tv, so i can only rate by the music.

    Petrushka is my favorite.

    Also,
    Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé
    Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet
    Bartok's Miraculous Mandarin
    Copland's Appalachian Spring
    De Falla's El Amor Brujo
    Piazzolla's Tango Ballet
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    I'm a balletomane and attend the ballet often so this is a tough question. Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet is probably the one. In live performance (even by a mediocre pickup ballet orchestra) or in a recording (Previn's is my favorite) R&J is powerful, profoundly moving music. Prokofiev understood Shakespeare better than any other composer. He captures the love/hatred conflict perfectly and puts you squarely in the center of the story and the souls of the characters. R&J is his magnum opus, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    The only ballet I have actually seen (as opposed to "listened to") is Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. I would have to say that it was surprisingly good. The music was, of course, beautiful. The choreography was terrific. And, I'll admit, I liked all the pretty ballerinas. All in all, Tchaikovsky can make for a magical evening.
    Yes. True, but I want to see others!
    "Where words fail, music speaks."- Hans Christian Andersen

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    And yet the professional critics usually say Tchaikovsky's greatest ballet is Sleeping Beauty...
    Which is insane, because we ALL know that Swan Lake is his finest...
    "Where words fail, music speaks."- Hans Christian Andersen

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    Swan Lake and The Firebird.
    "Where words fail, music speaks."- Hans Christian Andersen

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    Ashton/Lanchbery/Herold - La Fille Mal Gardee
    Macmillan/Joplin etc. - Elite Syncopations

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    There is (or was) a video of Frederick Ashton's Daphnis & Chloe on YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...FzIr0yioPxF8CQ

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    Agon by Stravinsky is my favorite ballet number.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Swan Lake here. it's been my favorite ever since

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    Morton Feldman's Ixion is pretty awesome for a modern ballet IHMO
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

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    This space for rent.

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    I also really dig The Nutcracker, which is very beautiful in itself.

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    Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
    Sung in German
    Orpheus - Yann Bridard (ballet), Maria Riccarda Wesseling (opera), Eurydice - Marie-Agnès Gillot (ballet), Julia Kleiter (opera), Amor - Miteki Kudo (ballet ) & Sunhae Im (opera)
    Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris & Balthasar-Neumann Chor & Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock
    Choreography and Stage Direction: Pina Bausch

    Set, costume and lighting designs: Rolf Borzik

    Orpheus und Eurydike - dance-opera by Pina Bausch, Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris & Ba.jpg

    This is a very beautiful performance, thrilling in parts and a wonderful interpretation of Gluck's masterpiece. Produced by Pina Bausch and described by her as a dance-opera, this is my favourite ballet and something that I would be very happy to recommend to fans of ballet, the opera Orfeo ed Euridice and just great theatre performance.

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