Les Sylphides Musicneed help finding music
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:13 AM
I liked the extracts from Ansermet's “ the early days” - I believe they are from the 1916 New York recordings of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Orchestra.
I also enjoyed the music and style of the performance of “ Les Sylphides” - maybe staged by Irina Baronova - on the Australian Ballet's DVD “Firebird and other legends” The same DVD includes “a thousand encores” - a documentary on the ballet russes in Australia.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 12:20 PM
Russian productions of "Les Sylphides", practically always called "Chopiniana" after the original suite of dances, have been noted over the years for a curious lack of vaporousness and airiness which characterizes the usual post-Diaghilev product. From the outset, the frequent use of the "Military" Polonaise as overture and a light plot which seems more broad daylight than moonlight have worked against the Romantic feeling which is desired by many. The male variation is not a bravura one, and some people are put out with even the thought of a male dancer in a legato solo. As to the music, the arrangements have, to my ear, been mostly inoffensive, but sometimes conductors can make the selections seem most unpianistic.
This latter flaw is not limited to Russian productions alone.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 05:24 AM
l couldn't find anything on youtube from the Bolshoi that I disliked.
The poet in the Australian ballet performance has similar arm positions to Serge Lifar in the Montreux footage. His arms don't meet above the head – one is curved above the other – not sure what the arm position is called. I haven't seen this arm position in any other filmed performance.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 05:59 AM
...meaning "In couronne" but with one hand sort of "dropped" below the other one...? If this is, then it is the same position of the Willis of the Cuban Giselle. The two hands are situated at different heights above the head
Posted 02 November 2011 - 07:31 AM
I've checked my DVD - the staging is by Irina Baronova, rehearsed by Valrene Tweedie, Anna Volkova and Wendy Walker.
Posted 04 November 2011 - 05:20 PM
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:36 AM
In the DVD the poet holds his arms in the position shown at 14 seconds of the British Pathe film
He and his partner also show the position you mentioned.
I ordered the double CD “ Royal Ballet Gala” by Ansermet which includes lots of different ballet music including “les sylphides”. I haven't had a chance to really listen to it , but the notes accompanying the CD are great:
“Giselle came to the Old Vic in a thick fog which blanketed London New Year's night, 1934. Balletomanes struggled to reach the theatre in time to see the curtain rise on the first major classical ballet production to star Alicia Markova”
On Petipa and Sleeping Beauty
The former would write: “Aurora pricks her finger. Screams. Blood Streams. Give 8 measures in 4/4 wide”
The booklet has very interesting notes on casts and history including quite a few references to Lydia Lopokova
Posted 07 November 2011 - 05:55 AM
(Third Session 9:15 – 28:15)
She talks about her admiration for Lubov Tchernicheva's style and its influence on her development (it is also an influence on the staging)
“beautiful arm movements – whole top of body lived and expressed so much, the arms and the wrists and down to the nails”
The arm and hand movements of the corps at 14 seconds of the British Pathe footage are close to the style of the staging.
Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:01 AM
"No, no, Karen, sylphs don't leap like that!"
"Oh, but they do in Philadelphia, Mr. Fokine!"
This, of course, was a Great Unanswerable.
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