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    Default I'm new; could you recommend me some Russian ballet pieces?

    I own DCs of:
    The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
    The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky)
    Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
    The Seasons (Glazunov)
    Cinderella (Prokofiev)
    Romeo And Juliette (Prokofiev)
    What other compositions should I get in your opinion(s)?

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    Obviously there's Stravinsky's The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. Don't miss them.

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    don't miss on Spartakus (Khachaturian) - best dance piece ever where music and choreography go in perfect synergy.

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    Stravinsky: Petrushka Do not limit yourself to only ballets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    I own DCs of:
    The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
    The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky)
    Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
    The Seasons (Glazunov)
    Cinderella (Prokofiev)
    Romeo And Juliette (Prokofiev)
    What other compositions should I get in your opinion(s)?
    By DCs do you mean CDs or DVDs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    By DCs do you mean CDs or DVDs?
    CDs, what a lame typo XD...how do I edit it?
    Last edited by Clouds Weep Snowflakes; Feb-25-2019 at 16:40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhdanov View Post
    don't miss on Spartakus (Khachaturian) - best dance piece ever where music and choreography go in perfect synergy.
    Could you supply and example? And any example of Stravinsky?
    And thank you everyone!
    Last edited by Clouds Weep Snowflakes; Feb-25-2019 at 16:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Could you supply and example?
    the ballet 1970s movie first -




    as for new videos they might release one day -



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    And any example of Stravinsky?
    the 'Return Of The Firebird' DVD with Petrushka & Firebird on it -






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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    CDs, what a lame typo XD...how do I edit it?
    There's an Edit Post option available (for a limited time) for your entries.

    I actually asked as I wondered how you felt about watching ballet? A good performance will add another dimension to the music. I often favor dances set to music not originally written for ballet. Among others, George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet often set his dances to music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky (Balanchine's friend) and many other composers. In most cases, these ballets did not tell a specific story; they just offered an opportunity to - as Balanchine put it - "see the music."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    There's an Edit Post option available (for a limited time) for your entries.

    I actually asked as I wondered how you felt about watching ballet? A good performance will add another dimension to the music. I often favor dances set to music not originally written for ballet. Among others, George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet often set his dances to music of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky (Balanchine's friend) and many other composers. In most cases, these ballets did not tell a specific story; they just offered an opportunity to - as Balanchine put it - "see the music."
    Watching the ballet is awesome! I would love to visit the Bolshoi theater one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    Watching the ballet is awesome! I would love to visit the Bolshoi theater one day!
    See if you can find a video (BluRay if possible) of "Swan Lake" or "Romeo and Juliet." Of course many full ballets as well as excerpts are available on YouTube. But filmed ballet benefits from sharp resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    But filmed ballet benefits from sharp resolution.
    Unfortunately that's not always the case - and ballet is an art form that's particularly prone to technical deficiencies in film technology. Many critics have noted the dreaded "Blu-ray judder" in some filmed ballet performances. That phenomenon occurs when a moving camera tracks a dancer who's simultaneously moving both quickly and laterally left-to-right (or vice versa) across a stage which has stationary figures in the background (usually in classical ballet they are the assembled watching courtiers or the like). The technology seems unable to cope with three variables, two of which (camera and dancer) are moving and one of which (background figures) is static. The result is that the stationary background figures appear to judder all over the place in an unpleasantly eye-boggling way.

    To overcome the juddering effect, canny ballet directors will pull back for a long shot at that point and keep the camera stationary, thereby resolving the issue. But other directors, preferring a more dramatic close-up of the fast-moving dancer, will opt to follow him or her with a tracking shot and that's where the problem arises.

    Blu-ray discs are not cheap so, before you buy, try to read a full review that includes a technical assessment as well as an artistic one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouds Weep Snowflakes View Post
    I own DCs of:
    The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
    The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky)
    Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)
    The Seasons (Glazunov)
    Cinderella (Prokofiev)
    Romeo And Juliette (Prokofiev)
    What other compositions should I get in your opinion(s)?
    Aram Khachaturian: ballet Gayaneh

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    Thank you everyone! Anything else?

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