View Poll Results: What are your top three 19th century ballets?

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  • Giselle- Adolphe Adam (1841)

    8 21.62%
  • Paquita - Ludwig Minkus(1846)

    1 2.70%
  • Le Corsaire - Adolphe Adam(1858)

    0 0%
  • The Pharaoh's Daughter - Cesare Pugni(1862)

    0 0%
  • Don Quixote - Ludwig Minkus (1869)

    3 8.11%
  • Coppélia - Léo Delibes (1870)

    8 21.62%
  • Sylvia - Léo Delibes(1876)

    6 16.22%
  • Swan Lake - Pyotr Tchaikovski (1877)

    30 81.08%
  • La Bayader(The Temple Dancer) - Ludwig Minkus (1877)

    3 8.11%
  • The Talisman - Riccardo Drigo(1889)

    0 0%
  • The Sleeping Beauty- Pyotr Tchaikovski (1890)

    21 56.76%
  • Mlada - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov(1892)

    3 8.11%
  • The Nutcracker- Pyotr Tchaikovski (1892)

    23 62.16%
  • Raymonda - Alexander Glazunov(1898)

    3 8.11%
  • Other(please explain)

    2 5.41%
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    Default Top Three 19th Century Ballets

    Ok, we know what you favorite ballet is from the other thread, but what are your top three 19th century ballets? Since the TC software only allows 15 choices, I’ll have another one for ballets created after 1900. I’m sure I left someone off, so you have the “other” option to select.

    Vote for three. Hopefully, this will be the start of getting a TC Top Recommended list for ballets.

    I listed them in order of their opening dates and the composer.

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    My three favorite 19th century ballets are Tchaikovsky's three ballets. If he had written a 4th ballet, possibly "Cinderella", it would probably end up being my 4th favorite

    After that would be "Coppelia" and "Sylvia", as I believe Delibes comes closest to Tchaikovsky's quality as far as ballet goes.
    A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

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    I believe I've only ever seen Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (on YT about 2-3 months ago). The dancing swans were breathtaking; I think I forgot to listen to the music, though but I definitely vote for this one... but the other two?

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    Giselle for its eerie, poignant story; Coppelia for its verve and humour; Swan Lake for its passion and tragedy.
    But what a lot of lovely ballets I had to push aside!
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    I'll sadly admit that I cannot vote for any of these because I've only ever heard of Tchaikovsky's three
    But thanks for a list of 19th century ballets to listen to

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    I voted Swan Lake but I like all ballets no matter what theme, as long beautiful dance and good music all ballets are brilliant art.

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    It's an all Tchaikovsky trio for me: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker.
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    Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" for me, closely followed by Glazunov's "Raymonda" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Mlada". Raymonda is especially glorious and Mlada nicely exotic and quite eclectic.

    Offenbach's "Le Papillon" is quite wonderful and very worth mentioning and I like Massenet's "Le Carillon."
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    My three were Swan Lake for its jaw-dropping, hypnotic, spell-binding music and dance. It’s truly in another universe IMO. Giselle, the granddaddy of them all. Who knows what ballet would be like today, or if ballet would even exist today as we know it, without it. Love the grand pas in the second act- I still get goose bumps whenever I see it. I have attended two live performances , the last, by the National Ballet of Canada(don’t laugh) although they didn’t do a very good job with that number IMO. There was too much flitting on-and-off the stage, for no reason. The rest of the show was great though. Also, I was fortunate to see Arantxa Ochoa dance the lead role in her final professional performance of her career, she’s since retired from the PA Ballet. Some thought that Arantxa was a little old to play the lead at the time, but the storyline of the ballet does not suggest anywhere that Giselle is a young girl. Does it?

    For my third pick, I had to decide between Don Quixote, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, or The Nutcracker. Love the Nutcracker and I already have tickets for a December performance. It’s what got me into ballet and classical music. This past summer I attended a performance of Don Quixote by the Bolshoi and it blew me away. Minkus’ music reminded me a lot of Giselle’s. Coppélia is so much fun I could watch it every day. Of all of the ballets, I like the costumes in Coppélia the best, they are subtle and not flashy or outrageous or anything like that. But my third pick is The Sleeping Beauty because of the Garland dance, and of course Tchaikovsky’s music. The New York City ballet does an incredible job with that number - hundreds of performers on stage at once in perfect harmony and synchronization. Don’t know how they don’t run into each other! An explosion of movement, color, music.
    Thanks for playing!

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    Is anybody watched Aniuta ballet? What are thoughts, watched film ballet, absolutely enjoyed.

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    And Tchaikovsky sweeps the series! Highlights at 11.
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    those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

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    I voted for the three Tchaikovsky ballets. Wow, who knew there was anyone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dholling View Post
    Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" for me, closely followed by Glazunov's "Raymonda" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Mlada". Raymonda is especially glorious and Mlada nicely exotic and quite eclectic.

    Offenbach's "Le Papillon" is quite wonderful and very worth mentioning and I like Massenet's "Le Carillon."
    I'd probably like "Mlada" if I could actually find a recording of it
    A way a lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

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    Glad someone else voted for Sylvia.
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