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    One of favourite Russian ballet scores. Just as good as a Tchaikovsky in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joachim Raff View Post
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    One of favourite Russian ballet scores. Just as good as a Tchaikovsky in my opinion.
    Looks very interesting, will do some research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joachim Raff View Post
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    One of favourite Russian ballet scores. Just as good as a Tchaikovsky in my opinion.
    Not heard that one either. Will investigate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joachim Raff View Post
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    One of favourite Russian ballet scores. Just as good as a Tchaikovsky in my opinion.


    Found this one, $1.95 and some shipping.
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    If forced to choose one, I would go with Le Sacre for its unique power. I also love Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, and everything by Tchaikovsky.

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    Most of my favorite ballets are Russian, but there’s a few other nationalities spread out for good measure...

    (In no particular order)

    Shostakovich: The Golden Age
    Prokofiev: Le pas d’acier
    Prokofiev: On the Dnieper
    Prokofiev: Cinderella
    Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka
    Stravinsky: Apollo
    Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes
    Khachaturian: Spartacus
    Khachaturian: Gayane
    Shchedrin: Anna Karenina
    Shchedrin: Lady with the Lapdog
    Shchedrin: Carmen-Suite
    Shchedrin: The Humpbacked Horse
    Weinberg: The Golden Key
    Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
    Schnittke: Peer Gynt
    Eshpai: Circles
    Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin
    Bartók: The Wooden Prince
    Martinů: Who is the Most Powerful in the World?
    Martinů: Le Raid merveilleux
    Martinů: Špalíček
    Tubin: Kratt
    Dallapiccola: Marsia
    Debussy: Jeux
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
    Roussel: Bacchus and Ariadne
    Walton: The Wise Virgins
    Vaughan Williams: Job, A Masque for Dancing
    Falla: El sombrero de tres picos
    Falla: El amor brujo
    Villa-Lobos: Gênesis
    Villa-Lobos: Uirapuru
    Villa-Lobos: Amazonas
    Ginastera: Estancia
    Ginastera: Panambí
    Chávez: La hija de Cólquide
    Chávez: Caballos de vapor
    Copland: Appalachian Spring
    Copland: Billy the Kid
    Copland: Rodeo
    Copland: Dance Panels
    Barber: Medea
    Bernstein: Fancy Free
    Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances (these really are ballet sequences whether one wants to categorize them or not)
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    Ravel, Daphnis. Prokofiev, Cinderella.
    My wife shares my love for music. In ballet her two favorites are the same as my own only in reverse order.

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    my favorite ballet is definitely "Romeo and Juliet". Ironically, I have seen it three times in different countries. And it's really cool, I especially liked the modern interpretation, it's something unreal.
    in addition, I love "Swan Lake", "Carmen" and "Sleeping Beauty" - the so-called classics.

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    My two favorites are The Nutcracker and Le Sacre du Printemps. I don't really want to pick just one.

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    My favourite is definitely 'Romeo and Juliet', the Cranko version. I watched it today on Sky Arts with the Stuttgart Ballet company; Cranko was artistic director of that very company until his untimely death at 45 years from Anaphylactic Shock, suffered on a airliner travelling over the Atlantic en route back from the USA. It was a terrible loss.

    What can you say about this stunning ballet? The best music ever composed for a ballet, in my opinion. Cranko's version sees the lovers in full bloom but with that 'mature' edge of fate and destiny that gives these characters a 'knowing' edge of what their fate will be. By contrast the MacMillan choreography sees the lovers as passionate but naive and idealistic.
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    Based on the music, a tie between Agon, Rodeo, and Dybbuk. Probably, Agon has the edge.

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    I watched "Romeo and Juliet" (Stuttgart Ballet) yesterday with my 8y/o grand-daughter, promising to take her to Sydney Opera House soon to see a ballet in live performance. She sat through the whole thing while I explained what was happening. It really is a wonderful work, especially the Cranko.

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    Two separate answers.
    The most perfect classical ballet for me is Swan Lake. The score is filled with great melodies and stands up well as a piece of music without the dancing. And the music seems to take a number of interpretations. I am no ballet expert, although I have seen it on the stage many years ago, but having spoken to friends with far more knowledge than me of such matters the Matthew Bourne all Male version is a very modern and impressive take miles from the traditional Pepita classical blueprint.
    But then there is Pineapple Poll. I have seen the John Cranco ballet on the stage and enjoyed it. But the Charles Mackerras score stands out as a concert piece in its own right. He adapts Sullivan’s music so brilliantly that it is difficult to believe that it is not an original work by him. Tunes run into each other and even the joining passages are by Sullivan. Paradoxically a sequel, lady and the fool, using music by Verdi is far less successful.
    So I nominate Pineapple Poll as my favourite musical ballet Score whilst fully accepting that as a complete ballet experience Swan Lake must rule supreme.
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    It depends on whether you like "white ballet". I do like it but I prefer a more overtly narrative-driven experience like "Romeo and Juliet". Tchaikovsky was a master of theatre music and undoubtedly his scores have contributed to the standing and endurance of those ballets. They are, in fact, textbooks on ballet technique - despite the fact that the males don't have more dominant roles.

    Speaking of technique:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GsajWIF3ws
    Last edited by Christabel; Oct-17-2020 at 23:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christabel View Post
    I watched "Romeo and Juliet" (Stuttgart Ballet) yesterday with my 8y/o grand-daughter, promising to take her to Sydney Opera House soon to see a ballet in live performance. She sat through the whole thing while I explained what was happening. It really is a wonderful work, especially the Cranko.
    I've taken my pre-8-year-old grand-nieces to several performances, "Nutcracker" (twice) and "Coppelia," and now that's how I'm known to them. We switched last year to "The Lion King," I was wondering at what age they would be ready for ballets with unhappy endings. I planned to start with "Swan Lake," and I'm impressed that your granddaughter appreciated "Romeo and Juliet."

    I also want to take them to Balanchine's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (or Ashton's). But what a convoluted plot.

    Of course it's unlikely there'll be live ballet in NYC before next fall. By then there will be four of them old enough to attend, and the oldest will be turning 9.

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