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    Quote Originally Posted by Rackon View Post
    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.
    a valid point, by the way, but alas - ballet means music score in the first place, not dancing... the history of ballet has kept only those ballets that have masterpiece music score, with no regard to dancing as such whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exordiom View Post
    definitely rite of spring!
    well folks, i don't quite get your infatuation with Le Sacre Du Printemps because that piece has roots in the works by Mussorgsky and Borodin and Rimsky Korsakov, that is, you had heard it already long time before.

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    I read this as an open-ended post: favorite ballet for dancing, score, suite or otherwise. So, I'm going purely on music.

    I recently heard Prokofiev's Cinderella in full, and I can't listen to anything else right now. From that mesmerizing opening adagio, and all that gorgeous weaving between the waltzes, serenade-esque interludes, that distressing clock(!) -- it's so incredibly dramatic. And that's the whole point, right?
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    My all-time favorite ballet has to be Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. I love the music from beginning to end. I've only seen a filmed performance of it, and from what I was able to tell (I am not a dance person), the choreography told the story well.

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    Favorite: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Nothing else even comes close.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers View Post
    Definitely Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe for me. Colourful, passionate, magical, incredible.
    i heard it for your advice, a fantastic piece. thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Favorite: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Nothing else even comes close.
    i have tickets for 20th April, can't wait to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perempe View Post
    i have tickets for 20th April, can't wait to see.
    Hope you enjoy it. I've seen it often and can't get enough of it!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    The only ballet I've ever seen live is The Firebird. Loved it. I've seen filmed performances of Stravinsky's Pulchinella, and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. As for the latter, I've loved the music for years, and always wondered what the choreography might look like. Finally saw a film on youtube (in 9 parts) which was only one possibility for the choreography telling that story with that music. Beautiful stuff.

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    i just got back from The Taming of the Shrew. i really liked the plot, and enjoyed the music.

    i liked the bath scene plot-wise compared to boring ball scenes of Onegin and The Merry Widow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharik View Post
    well folks, i don't quite get your infatuation with Le Sacre Du Printemps because that piece has roots in the works by Mussorgsky and Borodin and Rimsky Korsakov, that is, you had heard it already long time before.
    Roots are invisible underground. Its the trunk, branches, leaves and blossoms that we see, and those were startling enough to cause a riot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Favorite: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Nothing else even comes close.
    Concur. Watched the video of Fonteyn & Nureyev with a friend and we ended up hugging and blubbering.

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    ^^^^I've seen it live a couple of times and no other ballet comes close.

    I have comprehensive excerpts by Solti and Abbado. Also, complete performance by Previn and Tilson Thomas.

    The Solti is my favorite.
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    i bought tickets to a concert, and i just found out that the last piece will be Daphnis et Chloé! Lionel Bringuier will be the conductor.
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    For all time: Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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