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    When I think of Russian ballets, I immediately think of Sergei Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes, who took up residence in Paris & Monte Carlo during the first decades of the 20th century. A favorite ballet of mine that was composed for Diaghilev's company is Nikolai Tcherepnin's Narcisse et Echo, Op. 40, which may have influenced Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe, as there are striking similarities between the two ballets, such as the inventive use of a chorus.



    In addition to Stravinsky's The Firebird, Rite of Spring, and Petrushka ballets, you might also look into Orpheus and The Fairy's Kiss:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFEU...t8d8rvDDhuu1VI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4ak...ShyqFUKODfcFY8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Lu4vHcawNA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__C9aVdTYdU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q1XwEY-cJU

    Another worthwhile Russian ballet is Serge Prokofiev's late work, The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 118--once you've already heard his Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella ballets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8OmseHfd0U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYmmCbwNWPs


    In addition, Reinhold Gliére's The Red Poppy might be of interest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dwYlX8kL64

    Finally, even though it was composed as a symphonic suite, Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade was later danced to as a ballet by the Ballets Russes. Here are links to 3 excellent recordings:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3O3Q5qae_I
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6j1yGnes24
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB85fg53Zt8
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    Russian composers made two ballets from piano music of other famous composers. For that purpose they orchestrated piano music (and sometimes it sounds better than original in my view). The first one is Carnaval (with the orchestrated music of Schumann).


    Here it is on disk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
    Every part of Carnaval is orchestrated by different composer (here is the list):
    https://daniels-orchestral.com/rober...-orchestrated/


    The second one Chopiniana with the music of Chopin. It is very popular:
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    Josquin13 said

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    In addition to Stravinsky's The Firebird, Rite of Spring, and Petrushka ballets, you might also look into Orpheus and The Fairy's Kiss:

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    "Orpheus" was commissioned by Balanchine in 1948 for NYCB. I have never seen it; it is not programmed as often as the two other original Balanchine/Stravinsky creations: "Apollo" (originally from when he was with Diaghilev, but the choreography was revised for NYCB) and "Agon." The latter is 12 tone Stravinsky from 1957, but the dance is spectacular.



    In the original performances the pas de deux was between a black man and a white woman , something quite striking back then.

    NYCB also has "Divertimento from 'Le Baiser De La Fée'” in its repertoire.
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    Well, for what it's worth … I'd recommend Stravinsky's "Petrushka". I have a DVD dub (1970's performance) with the remarkable Rudolf Nureyev, plus Noella Pontois (as the Doll), and Charles Jude, as the Moor. Geez, in some, certain ways … Mr. Jude/Moor might be even BETTER than Nureyev, in this particular adaptation of Stravinsky's wonderful score! IN any case, it might be one of the best video depictions of ballet, that we might have. …. In other words, CWP, hope you'll find the best, of what you desire, in ballets. … Well, finally, did anyone mention Leo Delibes?

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    Ooops, you mentioned Russian ballet pieces … and Leo Delibes was certainly not Russian. Anyway, he might be another composer of ballets, to discover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Koechel View Post
    Leo Delibes was certainly not Russian.
    but his Coppelia is a staple with Russian ballet.


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    • Glazunov: Raymonda
    • Glazunov: Lady Soubrette
    • Tcherepnin: Narcisse et Echo (already mentioned, but worth repeating)
    • Shostakovich: The Golden Age
    • Shostakovich: The Bolt
    • Shchedrin: Anna Karenina
    • Eshpay: Angara
    • Khrennikov: Napoleon Bonaparte
    • Weinberg: The Golden Key
    • Khachaturian, Karen (Soviet-Armenian): Cipollino
    • Amirov (Soviet-Azerbaijan): Arabian Nights
    • Karayev (Soviet-Azerbaijan): The Path of Thunder
    • Arif Melikov (Soviet-Azerbaijan): A Legend of Love
    • Kazhlayev (Soviet-Azerbaijan): Gorianka (Maiden of the Mountains)
    • Skulte (Soviet-Latvian): Sarka, Brooch of Freedom (avail. in YouTube)
    • Tubin (Soviet-Estonian): Kratt
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    Prodigal Son - Prokofiev



    There is also an older video in four parts of the entire ballet with Baryshnikov and Karin von Aroldingen.


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    -> to Zhdanov - Very good point, and fine ('bout Delibes)!! … BTW, as to the photo, in your avatar - who IS that?
    Last edited by 89Koechel; Mar-10-2019 at 01:55. Reason: more specific

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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Koechel View Post
    -> to Zhdanov - Very good point, and fine ('bout Delibes)!! … BTW, as to the photo, in your avatar - who IS that?
    Some guy...ask Shostakovich, he might know.

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    Best buddies?



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    Shostakovich wrote The Age of Gold, about a touring football team (!) The suite he extracted from it is worth hearing, I wouldn't recommend the whole ballet unless you get intrigued by the suite's offerings.

    The big three Stravinsky ballets have already been pointed out. They are essential. However, do not overlook the fact that Stravinsky continued to compose music after he turned 35 (!), and works duch as Orpheus, Les Noces, and especially Apollo, are equally fine.

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    I picked up Igor Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky - The Complete Ballets in 2012 (according to Amazon ). The box set is now now out of print, but PrestoClassical has it as a download (mp3 or CD quality FLAC). Or you can stream it from Tidal, the service I use. I assume other streaming services have it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    I wouldn't recommend the whole ballet
    i would and strongly recommend The Golden Age -






    https://belairclassiques.com/film/sh...lu-ray?lang=en
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    To be fair, Zhdanov, you are being highly selective in quoting me. I did use the word "unless" quite soon afterwards.....

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