Category Archives: Ballet

Ravel: Boléro (Tabula Rasa)

Tabula Rasa, an ensemble from Saint Petersburg, Russia, performs their own rendition of Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.

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Manuel de Falla – El amor brujo (DRSO, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos)

Conducted by the Spanish conductor and composer Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (DRSO) performs El amor brujo, a ballet composed in 1914-1915 by Manuel de Falla to a libretto by Gregorio Martínez Sierra (6 May 1881 – 1 October 1947, the Spanish writer, poet, dramatist, and theater director).
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Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden)

Conducted by the Dutch violinist and conductor Jaap van Zweden, the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) performs Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (French: Le Sacre du printemps), a ballet and orchestral concert work, which was written for the 1913 Paris season of the Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company. Recorded on November 10, 2010 at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. An full-HD video by the Avrotros Klassiek.
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Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring (hr-Sinfonieorchester, Andrés Orozco-Estrada)

Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” (French: Le Sacre du printemps), a ballet and orchestral concert work, which was written for the 1913 Paris season of the Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company.
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Top Ten Posts of October 2015

Here are the top ten most viewed posts on andantemoderato.com in October 2015. “Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1” is still leading the list, but with the different pianist: Daniel Barenboim replaced the Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
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Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers (from The Nutcracker Suite) – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite, a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Conductor: Bramwell Tovey.
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Ballet in two acts – full) – Mariinsky Theatre and Gergiev

The famous ballet in two acts, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, December 2012. Valery Gergiev: conductor, Vasily Vainonen: choreography, Benjamin Tyrrell: stage and costumes. Enjoy!
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Ravel – Boléro (London Symphony Orchestra & Gergiev)

One of the premier orchestras in the world, the London Symphony Orchestra plays Maurice Ravel’s most famous musical composition, “Boléro”, the one-movement orchestral piece originally composed as a ballet. Conductor: Valery Gergiev, the Russian conductor and opera company director.
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Stravinsky – The Firebird (Vienna Philharmonic & Gergiev)

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) plays Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird (French: L’oiseau de feu; Russian: Zhar-ptitsa); a ballet and orchestral concert work, written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Michel Fokine. Salzburg Festival, 2000. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
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