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Tcherepnin's "Le Pavillon D'armide"beautiful!


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#1 Solor

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Posted 07 March 2006 - 11:31 PM

Just a reccomendation for those who havnt heard it -

I just purchased a recording of Tcherepnin's complete music for "La Pavillon d'Armide" (I believe this means "The House of Armide"?), a ballet first mounted in 1907 @ the Mariinksy w/ none other than the great Anna Pavlova in the lead role of Armida, and then later Nijinsky danced in the ballet in its Paris staging as Armida's favourite slave. Kschessinska was supposed to have danced Armida orignally but backed out.

Its perfromed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henry Shek on the label Marco Polo. Its out of print fo course but when I bought mine there were like 5 or 6 other copies available, and I got mine brand new for 20$.

Upon hearing the music I was taken aback - it is absolutely beautiful......the score has lots of French influence in it, and is colorful without over doing it, with great melody and elegant orchestration. Of course Im no musicologist but its some really good listening.

Are anyof these ballets still in the repertory anywhere? The part of either work I know of in the active rep. is a varioation from Pavillon that truns up in the Mariinksy Paquita, the one for celeste.

Edited by Solor, 07 March 2006 - 11:32 PM.


#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 04:04 AM

As I understand it, the Maryinsky keeps a version of the ballet as a student showpiece, but I don't know how long it's been since the main company has done it.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 06:30 AM

I totally agree with you Solor, I heard the Pavillon' suite warmfully conducted by Vladimir Ziva in St-Petersburg, fell in love with the music and found the same full version afterwards... the score is so full of possibilities, I keep hoping that one day someone will rewrite a ballet on it!

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 11:17 AM

danilova staged her recollection of the pas de trois for school of am. ballet and when anne belle was making her docu about the ballerina, she was shown rehearsing one dancer in one of the solos - this is on the film that was released as 'reflections of a dancer' in 1981.
i know for a nijinsky fest. in hamburg? during baryshnikov's early years in the west an effort was made to restage some part of this ballet.
(the helpful thing about the excerpt staged by danilova is that it confirms the identity of the PAQUITA GRAND PAS solo, danced by eveteyeva and then asylmuratova (who was taught it by evteyeva), as being fokine's work from PAVILLON.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 08:27 PM

danilova staged her recollection of the pas de trois for school of am. ballet and when anne belle was making her docu about the ballerina, she was shown rehearsing one dancer in one of the solos - this is on the film that was released as 'reflections of a dancer' in 1981.
i know for a nijinsky fest. in hamburg? during baryshnikov's early years in the west an effort was made to restage some part of this ballet.
(the helpful thing about the excerpt staged by danilova is that it confirms the identity of the PAQUITA GRAND PAS solo, danced by eveteyeva and then asylmuratova (who was taught it by evteyeva), as being fokine's work from PAVILLON.



Theres another ballet nu Tcherepnin - "Narcisse and Echo" - out of print of course! ...I just found a used copy on Amazon and quickly snatched it up. Unfortunatly its conducted by Rozhdestvensky, who has a habit of conducting in a more "mathimatical" fashion, but being that its seems to be based on a fantastical theme, and sense "Pavillon" was so lovely, I guess I cant lose! Anybody know the history of this work??

Unfortunately the liner notes of the Pavillon recording dont say things like "pas de trois" etc....I wonder what music goes with that pas.

Edited by Solor, 08 March 2006 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 09 March 2006 - 07:19 AM

both diaghilev and nijinsky literature should have various mentions of fokine's NARCISSE. frequently there are illustrations showing at least one photo of nijinsky in the title role and various bakst sketches of the costumes for the surrounding characters.

Narcisse (: Chor: Mikhail Fokin; mus: Nikolai Cherepnin; lib: Léon Bakst and Nikolai Cherepnin after Ovid; scen & cos: Léon Bakst. First perf: Monaco: Monte Carlo, Théâtre de Monte Carlo, Apr 26, 1911, Les Ballets Russes (Dyagilev).//First American perf: New York, Metropolitan Opera House, week of April 22, 1916, Les Ballets Russes (Dyagilev)

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Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:22 AM

footnote glimpse:
chapt. 1 of gennady albert's ALEXANDER PUSHKIN: MASTER TEACHER OF DANCE opens with a none-too-easy-to-follow scene in a 1967 leningrad vaganova choreographic institute class, with students observing their teachers relive, for themselves, the 'adagio from PAVILLON D'ARMIDE.
incidentally the dancer with pushkin is another teacher, lidia tiuntina (spelled TUNTINA in this passage) who was at the beginnings of her career as a dancer a member of georgi balachivadze's YOUNG BALLET.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 09:37 AM

i know for a nijinsky fest. in hamburg? during baryshnikov's early years in the west an effort was made to restage some part of this ballet.


It was in fact the pas de trois, (which Danilova came to Hamburg to stage), and I remember that Baryshnikov's variation began with a huge, sideways jump. Additionally, many years ago I saw the Kirov in what was described as a pas de deux from Coppelia. Neither music not choreography resembled anything I'd ever heard or seen in Coppelia, and I was later told that it came from Le Pavillion d'Armide.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 02:28 PM

interesting link from COPPELIA to PAVILLON: can you say if this pas was seen on stage by you? or on video?
if the latter, which video?

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 07:47 PM

http://www.amazon.co...v=glance&n=5174

solor- is this the version you got?

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:27 AM

http://www.amazon.co...v=glance&n=5174

solor- is this the version you got?



Joseph - Yes, thats the only recording of the whole ballet - WONDROUS!

I also reccomend Tcherepnin's ballet "Narcisse et Echo" performed by the the Hague Orchestra and choir under the baton of Rozhdestvensy. I actually just got my CD of it yesterday, and must have listened to it at least 10 times last night. It is so beautiful! Theres is only 1 copy up for grabs on Amazon.com, heres the link, through ballettalk of course! -

http://www.amazon.co...5Fencoding=UTF8

If you get it, just imagine the great Karsavina and Nijinsky as the leads dancing among the wondrous decor of Bakst! True art! The score itself is one continuous movement, where as "Pavillon" is in the 19th century ballet music tradition with pas, variations, etc. I cannot put into words how beautiful "Narcisse et Echo" is....Nikolai Tcherepnin really was something else when it came to melody and orchestration, and he really puts the choir to good use. The score almost sounds like it was recorded in some large cathedral or something, the music really sounds massive, as Tcherepnin uses a very large orchestra.

By the way, if anyone knows, was the original production by the Ballet Russe of "Narcisse" the only production ever of the ballet? Certainly a reconstruction of this ballet is definately in order, though I'm probably only dreaming.

Regarding the score, does anyone know just how many instruments the score uses?

Edited by Solor, 18 March 2006 - 08:31 AM.


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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:54 AM

karsavina and bolm in LE PAVILLON (possibly from 1911, when the ballet was shown at a coronation gala in covent garden)
karsavina is shown as a 'friend of armide'? bolm as 'viscount de beaugency'?

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 09:30 AM

Oooh, Karsavina!

Many thanks!!

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 10:00 AM

As a very young man I became the friend of the composer Alexandre Tcherepnin in the late 1970's. He was the son of Nicolai Tcherepnin and himself the composer of several ballet scores. We had several discussions about his father's career and I was permitted to peruse the family archives. In addition to his work for Diaghilev Nikolai Tcherepnin wrote several other ballets, including three resounding failures for Pavlova: Dionysus (1921), Ajanta's Frescoes (1923), and Old Russian Folk Lore (1923). Besides Pavillon d'Armide and Narcisse there have been two other ballet scores of Tcherepnin recorded in the not too distant past. I'll pass on details if there's interest. Regarding the former, only the Maryinsky and Diaghilev companies had productions (there were some differences). The production of Narcisse by Diaghilev was quite a story. I don't believe it was ever produced by another company.
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 01:19 PM

there have been two other ballet scores of Tcherepnin recorded in the not too distant past. I'll pass on details if there's interest. Regarding the former, only the Maryinsky and Diaghilev companies had productions (there were some differences). PHENBY



WOW!!!!! There are more works by him? And recorded? :clapping: Im very interested Phenby!!! Thats extraordinary! I was just listening to Pavillon as a matter of fact, this morning while driving to IHOP (yes I know.....a ballet dancer eating at IHOP?).

Thank you much, I would love to get a hold of these other ballets on CD, which Im sure are glorious.


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