Top 10 Favorite Ballets

Started by kyjo, September 24, 2013, 05:10:23 PM

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I'll update my old list a little:

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker.
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet.
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé.
Respighi: Belkis, Queen of Sheba.
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin.
Szymanowski: Harnasie.
Glazunov: The Seasons.
Falla: El amor brujo.
"Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire." - Gustav Mahler


Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 20, 2023, 02:08:37 AMThat is an excellent list.  The Poulenc I have the Dutoit recording but am not sure I know a note of it (it came as part of the orchestral works set) so I will have to rectify that.  Personally I'd swap Cinderella for R&J and (regretfully) Nutcracker for Swan Lake.  I'd have to find room for Checkmate and probably Appalachian Spring too.

The Dutoit recording of Les animaux modèles is only of the suite extracted from the ballet - definitely check out the full ballet, which has been recorded twice I believe (Latham-Koenig on AVIE and Bramwell Tovey on Chandos). The suite leaves out some wonderful music IIRC.
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