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    Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. While I was driving today I turned on my local classical station and Swan Lake just happened to be playing and I was actually glad that I was taking a long drive so I could listen to all the movements. It made my day.

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    Swan Lake is the best (for me)

    For Coppélia, I enjoyed watching this version from Australian Ballet:


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    Quote Originally Posted by aimee View Post
    Swan Lake is the best (for me)

    For Coppélia, I enjoyed watching this version from Australian Ballet:

    Thanks! Indeed it is a wonderful production. I've watched it on youtube.

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    I would say Nutcracker is my fav.

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    Favorite ballets by choregrapher, including some modern dance...

    Balanchine - Four Temperaments, Agon, Symphony in C, Who Cares, Square Dance, Apollo, Prodigal Son, Jewels, Concerto Barocco

    Robbins: Dances At A Gathering, Afternoon Of A Faun, The Concert

    Ashton: Monotones, The Dream, La Fil Mal Gardee, A Month In The Country, Les Patineurs(I would also include Enigma Variations except I haven't seen it in soooo long)

    Tharp: Push Comes To Shove

    Taylor: Esplanade, Cloven Kingdom, Roses, Rite of Spring, Company B

    Mark Morris: Dido & Aeneus; Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato


    Traditional...Nutcracker, Act 2 Swan Lake, Giselle (with a great cast)
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    Another vote for The Tale of the Stone Flower here, particularly the Melodiya recording. That's the only one which has captured the full drama and magic of the music for me. The recording is a bit on the thin side, 1968 Melodiya, but on the other hand I find that just brings out the presence of all the instruments and their articulations the more.

    I had the rare chance at one point in my life to study with someone from Moscow Conservatory. Russian classical musicianship is just astounding, there is absolutely nothing so deep nor so technical as it in the West. We're slobs, by comparison.

    You hear all that in Gennady Rozhdestvensky's performance here with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.

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    Do any folks who named musical favoritesevenings actually care for dancing? I took the original post to mean one's favorite "ballet", not one's favorite ballet score.

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    Personally Stravinsky is my second favorite composer so his ballets are obviously at the top my my list. Especially Le Sacre and Pulcinella, which if you've never seen, i highly recommend. It is available on youtube in 5 parts.

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    My favorites:

    Glazunov: Raymonda & The Seasons
    Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty
    Nosyrev: Song of Triumphant Love
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe
    Dukas: La Peri
    Nikolai Tcherepnin: Echo et Narcisse
    Delibes: Sylvia
    Offenbach: Le Papillon
    Massenet: Le Carillon
    Bartok: The Wooden Prince
    Stravinsky: The Firebird & Petrushka
    Khrennikov: Napoleon Bonaparte
    Boris Asafiev: Flames of Paris
    Shchedrin: Anna Karenina
    Murad Kazhlayev: Gorianka (Maiden of the Mountains)
    Khachaturian: Spartacus
    Rossini (arr. Respighi): La Boutique Fantasque
    Leevi Madetoja: Okon Fuoko
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Mlada (opera-ballet)
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    definitely rite of spring!

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    Le Sacre.
    Apollo & Petrushka also by Stravinsky I also rank highly.

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    Swan Lake is one of my favourite, most amazing, and most beautiful ballet's ever written.

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    John Antill's "Coroboree," which I failed to mention before.
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    Bolero by Ravel

    Jorge Donn with Bejart Ballet

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicalGuitarist View Post
    Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. While I was driving today I turned on my local classical station and Swan Lake just happened to be playing and I was actually glad that I was taking a long drive so I could listen to all the movements. It made my day.
    The music to Swan Lake is divine with so many brilliant moments. However, the palace/court scene itself i found quite boring. The music is far greater than any visuals i've seen to date.

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