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Title: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: OrchestralNut on March 08, 2021, 10:44:48 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!  :)
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: OrchestralNut on March 08, 2021, 11:11:30 AM
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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Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81XWNfswooL._SL1216_.jpg)

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

Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: OrchestralNut on March 08, 2021, 11:58:27 AM
Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81XWNfswooL._SL1216_.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 08, 2021, 04:07:11 PM
Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AMAs 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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Florestan on March 09, 2021, 12:23:27 AM
Quote from: OrchestralNut on March 08, 2021, 11:58:27 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.

Quote from: Mirror Image on March 08, 2021, 04:07:11 PM
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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: OrchestralNut on March 09, 2021, 06:07:42 AM
Quote from: Florestan on March 08, 2021, 11:47:54 AM
Not today but very recently, Swan Lake from this set.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81XWNfswooL._SL1216_.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 09, 2021, 10:18:32 AM
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)

(https://static.qobuz.com/images/covers/42/77/0002894437742_600.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Florestan on March 09, 2021, 11:01:20 AM
Quote from: Mirror Image on March 09, 2021, 10:18:32 AM
NP: Stravinsky Petrushka, Pulcinella (Chailly et. al.)

(https://static.qobuz.com/images/covers/42/77/0002894437742_600.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: vandermolen on March 09, 2021, 12:43:43 PM
recently
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Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 09, 2021, 04:54:56 PM
Quote from: Florestan on March 09, 2021, 11:01:20 AM
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.] ;)
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 12, 2021, 06:39:49 AM
NP: Szymanowski Harnasie, Op. 55 (Antoni Wit et. al.)

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Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:42:15 AM
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: OrchestralNut on March 12, 2021, 06:45:20 AM
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:42:15 AM
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes

Mmmmm. Delicious work!
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 12, 2021, 06:45:38 AM
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:42:15 AM
Stravinsky, Danses Concertantes

Craft conducting I presume? Wonderful work.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:48:09 AM
Quote from: Mirror Image on March 12, 2021, 06:45:38 AM
Craft conducting I presume? Wonderful work.

DRD leading the Stuttgarters
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 12, 2021, 07:27:46 AM
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on March 12, 2021, 06:48:09 AM
DRD leading the Stuttgarters

Ah yes, this recording:

(https://albumart.primephonic.com/s900/00028947218623.jpg)

I own this one as well, but I should revisit it.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: vandermolen on March 14, 2021, 12:29:34 AM
Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le toit.
Now - 'La Création du Monde':
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Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Daverz on March 14, 2021, 12:17:43 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91wTrAMEtfL._SX522_.jpg)

The man could actually write attractive music.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Mirror Image on March 14, 2021, 07:56:56 PM
Quote from: Daverz on March 14, 2021, 12:17:43 PM
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91wTrAMEtfL._SX522_.jpg)

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.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Harry on April 03, 2021, 06:11:55 AM
New acquirement, first listen.

French Music for Ballet.

Henri Sauguet.
Les Forains.

Jules Massenet.
Ballet Suite from Herodiade.

Jacques Ibert.
Les Amours de Jupiter.

Estonia National SO, Neeme Järvi



This is one great feast of listening extravaganza.. Such fine Ballet music, expertly played and recorded. Ballet is my first love in classical music, and I wallow in this brand new release.

Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Brewski on May 06, 2021, 04:31:04 AM
Lately I've been exploring some versions of Stravinsky's Apollo, and have heard some excellent recent ones (such as a livestream last week from Daniel Harding and the Concertgebouw).

Last weekend, the great dancer Jacques d'Amboise died, at age 86. (In the U.S., he may be best recalled for his work in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.) But I had forgotten that he was known for Apollo. As usual, YouTube to the rescue: Here's a 1960 video, with d'Amboise in the version choreographed by George Balanchine, and it's pretty great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFJRt1DVa0I

--Bruce
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: VonStupp on June 12, 2021, 02:41:11 AM
Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella
Jeu de cartes

Teresa Berganza, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado


From Abbado's LSO years, a joyous recording.

(https://ia801402.us.archive.org/17/items/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00-29538845076.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZI4kfhAAL.jpg)
As a Yank from the west of the Atlantic, is it strange that I love John Shirley-Quirk's baritone so much? I gobble up anything I can find him, usually oratorios and sacred works, but he is consistently terrific.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: ritter on June 12, 2021, 04:41:44 AM
Quote from: VonStupp on June 12, 2021, 02:41:11 AM
Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella
Jeu de cartes

Teresa Berganza, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado


From Abbado's LSO years, a joyous recording.

(https://ia801402.us.archive.org/17/items/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00-29538845076.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZI4kfhAAL.jpg)
As a Yank from the west of the Atlantic, is it strange that I love John Shirley-Quirk's baritone so much? I gobble up anything I can find him, usually oratorios and sacred works, but he is consistently terrific.
A great recording indeed, and probably my favourite of this miraculous score. And Teresa Berganza is wonderful in her part as well....
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Roasted Swan on July 09, 2021, 09:11:23 AM
Quote from: VonStupp on June 12, 2021, 02:41:11 AM
Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella
Jeu de cartes

Teresa Berganza, Ryland Davies, John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado


From Abbado's LSO years, a joyous recording.

(https://ia801402.us.archive.org/17/items/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00/mbid-a42e8a48-2e19-463f-87de-6261d76d1f00-29538845076.jpg) (https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZI4kfhAAL.jpg)
As a Yank from the west of the Atlantic, is it strange that I love John Shirley-Quirk's baritone so much? I gobble up anything I can find him, usually oratorios and sacred works, but he is consistently terrific.

VS - why should this be strange?!  For me Shirley-Quirk's voice is synonymous with so much of my favourite British music (well he was the go-to baritone for EMI for pretty much all of it!). A golden age of recording caught a golden voice in its prime.  His performances will remain reference recordings for me - not exlusively the best but the one the others have to beat......
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: VonStupp on July 09, 2021, 09:29:44 AM
Quote from: Roasted Swan on July 09, 2021, 09:11:23 AM
VS - why should this be strange?!  For me Shirley-Quirk's voice is synonymous with so much of my favourite British music (well he was the go-to baritone for EMI for pretty much all of it!). A golden age of recording caught a golden voice in its prime.  His performances will remain reference recordings for me - not exlusively the best but the one the others have to beat......

For me, I find JS-Q wonderfully consistent. Whether it is Bach's B minor Mass with Marriner, Elgar's Light of Life with Hickox late in his career, or this Stravinsky with Abbado, literature I assume was out of his wheelhouse, I am always enchanted with his abilities.

I suppose, though, steady as a rock as opposed to starry or exotic.

VS
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: VonStupp on December 31, 2021, 02:30:05 PM
Igor Stravinsky
Le Baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss)

Cleveland Orchestra - Oliver Knussen
(rec. 1995)

Just out of the mailbox:

A plush, Romantic outing from Stravinsky, this ballet would serve as an easy introduction for anyone hesitant to explore his music. The quotes and elaborations of Tchaikovsky's Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt towards the end is beautiful.

I only know Knussen for his modernist compositions, but I like what I hear from him here as conductor. Cleveland is outstanding!

VS

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81i2IptFGfL._SL1500_.jpg)
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: Tsaraslondon on June 18, 2022, 02:48:28 AM
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The Tchaikovsky ballets really are wonderful. I understand when Sleeping Beauty is cited as his masterpiece, but I love all three scores equally, to be honest.

These LSO Previn recordings were very well received when they first came out and, though there are no doubt some better recordings and performances of the individual ballets, they still stand up well today. The digital transfer here is a little on the bright side and apparently Warner have now re-mastered them and issued them with a different cover.

Still. I'm finding these very enjoyable.
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: LKB on June 18, 2022, 07:04:30 AM
Quote from: VonStupp on July 09, 2021, 09:29:44 AM
For me, I find JS-Q wonderfully consistent. Whether it is Bach's B minor Mass with Marriner, Elgar's Light of Life with Hickox late in his career, or this Stravinsky with Abbado, literature I assume was out of his wheelhouse, I am always enchanted with his abilities.


I suppose, though, steady as a rock as opposed to starry or exotic.

VS

JS-Q was the reason l became an operatic baritone over 40 years ago.

There aren't many videos of him in action, but at least there's this:

https://youtu.be/OEo2e2PnhuM
Title: Re: What Ballet Music Are You Listening To Now?
Post by: VonStupp on June 18, 2022, 07:12:06 AM
Quote from: LKB on June 18, 2022, 07:04:30 AM
JS-Q was the reason l became an operatic baritone over 40 years ago.

There aren't many videos of him in action, but at least there's this:

https://youtu.be/OEo2e2PnhuM

What a wonderful video. Thank you for sharing!

Having listened to Shirley-Quirk a few times this week already, I am just as enchanted with him as ever.

Terrific to hear his influence on you, a sentiment I can understand on hearing him sing.

I don't know his stage work as much as his concert repertoire of oratorios and the like, but I might wend that way if there are available recordings.

VS