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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    My favorite is definitely the Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet. I was lucky enough to see it twice in New York City.
    I saw the same company do it at Saratoga Springs with Tiler Peck dancing the lead. Sooooo good. I think they do a bunch of them around valentines day every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griercooper View Post
    I trained at the School of American Ballet and danced with Balanchine companies; Serenade has always been one of my favorite ballets primarily because of the achingly beautiful music. It's a gorgeous ballet as well.
    That's interesting. Welcome to Talk Classical!

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    I took a female to see Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. She didn't like it.

    So I broke up with her by saying "Gavotte the hell do you think I am?"

    I didn't wait around for her answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I took a female to see Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. She didn't like it.

    So I broke up with her by saying "Gavotte the hell do you think I am?"

    I didn't wait around for her answer.
    I'm still looking for a female patient enough to go to ballets or symphonies with me..

    Anyway, I'd go with the Nutcracker, simply because that work is what got me into classical music in the first place, and is still one of my favorite works period.

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    I might be tempted to go for Shostakovich's The Golden Age from 1930 - as with the opera The Nose and the score he wrote for the stage play Hypothetically Murdered it contains some of his more 'Les Six shot through with cabaret'-style music before toning down the satirical and Western-style dance elements in the mid-30s. A completely different plot was written for it when revived in 1982.
    '...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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    My favorite ballet is Stravinsky's Agon. I am stirred by its blend of twelve-tone and neo-classical elements. And when I saw the actual Balanchine ballet, I was awestruck by its beauty and physical drama, despite its lack of a "story."

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    It has to be "La Bayadere" for me, this was the first full length Ballet I seen and it was the one that inspired me the most to start my Ballet training. Also Solor"s Variation from Act One was my first variation I learned and performed. A marvelous Classical Ballet!

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    Le Lac Des Cygnes (The Swan Lake) by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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    Gotta go with the Rite of Spring. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet is my second.

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    Minkus: La Bayadère
    Recorded live from the Royal Opera House, January 2009

    Carlos Acosta (Solar), Marianela Nuñez (Gamzatti), Tamara Rojo (Nikiya), Gary Avis (The High Brahmin), Christopher Saunders (Rajah), Kenta Kura (Magdaveya) & Valeri Hristov (Solor’s Friend)

    The Royal Ballet & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Valeriy Ovsyanikov



    Watching this one not so long ago, very impressive.
    Last edited by Pugg; Feb-25-2016 at 05:38.

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    The Bolshoi La Bayadere (in the BelAir Classiques Bolshoi Collection) is even better than the Royal Ballet version - and far better filmed. It's only drawback is that, in common with other Russian productions and that from the Paris Opera Ballet, it doesn't include Makarova's reconstructed final Act.

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    The Bolshoi Bayadere uses the original Minkus score whereas the Royal Ballet version uses John Lanchbery's revised/reorchestrated version of the score which, musically, is rather more interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    The Bolshoi Bayadere uses the original Minkus score whereas the Royal Ballet version uses John Lanchbery's revised/reorchestrated version of the score which, musically, is rather more interesting.
    Sadly, however, at the insistence of Nureyev, John Lanchberry produced a vulgarised and dumbed-down version of Minkus's score for Don Quixote that is far less interesting than the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsilius View Post
    Sadly, however, at the insistence of Nureyev, John Lanchberry produced a vulgarised and dumbed-down version of Minkus's score for Don Quixote that is far less interesting than the original.
    I find the concept of a version which is 'less' interesting than Minkus' to be rather a mental stretch. I can, however, easily imagine Nureyev's choreography in that context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordontrek View Post
    I'm still looking for a female patient enough to go to ballets or symphonies with me..

    Anyway, I'd go with the Nutcracker, simply because that work is what got me into classical music in the first place, and is still one of my favorite works period.
    For a classical novice, I would say the Nutcracker would be your best ballet bet.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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