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What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
« on: March 08, 2021, 11:44:48 AM »
Well, here it is folks....... by popular demand, I am certain.  ;)

Our own thread dedicated to listening to ballet music!

Similar to the "What Opera Are You Listening..." thread, it seemed appropriate to recognize this music separately.

Happy Listening, Folks!  :)

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Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2021, 12:11:30 PM »
As for me, disc 5 of this marvelous set.

Weber - Invitation to the Dance (orchestrated by Berlioz)

Chopin - Les Sylphides (orchestrated by Roy Douglas)

Strauss family - Bal de Vienne from act II of Die Fledermaus

Luigini - *Ballet Egyptien

National Philharmonic Orchestra
*London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge


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Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2021, 12:47:54 PM »
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

As an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2021, 12:58:27 PM »
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

As an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

Looks like a mighty great recording there Andrei.

Well, the Opera and Vocal sub forum is kind of a catch-all for music for the stage or theatre, me thinks. Hence, why ballet music is included in this area.

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2021, 05:07:11 PM »
As an aside, why is a thread dealing with orchestral, non-vocal music filed under Opera and Vocal? ;D

This is the very question I’ve encountered several times when posting a thread about a Debussy, Ravel, etc. ballet and here’s something to consider: under the ‘Opera and Vocal’ heading on the forum’s homepage, this section is described as the following:

This board is for discussion of all vocal, opera and staged music, including ballet.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2021, 01:23:27 AM »
Well, the Opera and Vocal sub forum is kind of a catch-all for music for the stage or theatre, me thinks. Hence, why ballet music is included in this area.

under the ‘Opera and Vocal’ heading on the forum’s homepage, this section is described as the following:

This board is for discussion of all vocal, opera and staged music, including ballet.

Ah, okay, got it now.
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2021, 07:07:42 AM »
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.



Believe it or not, it was the first time I ever listened to the whole thing.

Inspired by Andrei's post from yesterday, I am listening to my favourite performance of Swan Lake (favourite performance pretty much of any ballet really).

Bonynge conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra, 1975 recording.

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2021, 11:18:32 AM »
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)



Stravinsky is, by far, my favorite composer of ballet music. There is such breadth in the variety of music he composed for this medium. From the opulent beauty of Apollon Musagète to the comical hijinks of Jeu de cartes to the classically-informed serialism of Agon, there’s no denying that he was truly one of greats.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2021, 12:01:20 PM »
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)



Stravinsky is, by far, my favorite composer of ballet music. There is such breadth in the variety of music he composed for this medium. From the opulent beauty of Apollon Musagète to the comical hijinks of Jeu de cartes to the classically-informed serialism of Agon, there’s no denying that he was truly one of greats.

I'm not a Stravinsky fan but Petrushka is in my top 3 ballets, together with The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet --- coincidentally, all Russian. And that CD is my favorite all Stravinsky CD hands down.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2021, 01:43:43 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2021, 05:54:56 PM »
I'm not a Stravinsky fan but Petrushka is in my top 3 ballets, together with The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet --- coincidentally, all Russian. And that CD is my favorite all Stravinsky CD hands down.

[See listening thread.] ;)
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2021, 07:39:49 AM »
NP: Szymanowski Harnasie, Op. 55 (Antoni Wit et. al.)

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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2021, 07:42:15 AM »
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2021, 07:45:20 AM »
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes

Mmmmm. Delicious work!

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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2021, 07:45:38 AM »
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes

Craft conducting I presume? Wonderful work.
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2021, 07:48:09 AM »
Craft conducting I presume? Wonderful work.

DRD leading the Stuttgarters
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2021, 08:27:46 AM »
DRD leading the Stuttgarters

Ah yes, this recording:



I own this one as well, but I should revisit it.
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2021, 01:29:34 AM »
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit.
Now - 'La Création du Monde':
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2021, 12:17:43 PM »


The man could actually write attractive music.

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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2021, 07:56:56 PM »


The man could actually write attractive music.

His highly dissonant, Modernist works are attractive to me. So there is no ‘could’, he did write attractive throughout his entire life.
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