... I thought André Eglevsky was sublime in Coppélia!
Not implying any reservations about his partner?
I found Menotti's music fluent but trashy decades ago, and so I was also disappointed that that Butler ballet was included, maybe instead of something else. I haven't even made myself watch that part yet, because I'm having too much fun watching LeClercq (and Eglevsky!) dancing a new Balanchine ballet (new, in 2014?! amazing!). I think it's well worth the price of the disk.
I mean, a dance new to me, of course, but to many others too: Consulting some of the usual suspects among the cataloguers, I can't find it; the nearest possible reference to it may be a vague one in the Balanchine Foundation catalog:
266. [PAS DE DEUX] Made for Television
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Note: In the late 1940s or early 1950s, Balanchine choreographed a pas de deux for Tanaquil Le Clercq and Nicholas Magallanes, telecast by CBC Television, Montreal. The ballet had elements of the Coppélia story.
Some of what we have here matches this, some of it doesn't. The date of the broadcast, given as May 13, 1954, is barely within the range of Reynolds' catalog entry.
As the announcer says to us
... The celebrated choreographer, director of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine, has choreographed especially for The CBC Concert Hour a short ballet inspired by the two principal characters in Coppelia, Swanilda and Franz:
On stage, a toy shop. In the window, a beautiful doll. It's night. A young man, Franz, passes the window, sees the doll and falls in love with her. He breaks in and kisses her. She comes to life.
We have great pleasure now in presenting Tanaquil LeClercq and Andre Eglevsky in this new ballet, based on Coppelia, by George Balanchine.
So it doesn't seem to be an excerpt, but a new pas de deux, including the gist of the central story of the full-length ballet, in eight and a half minutes. (Using music from Acts II and III, I think. Can anyone nail the musical details?)
Edited by Jack Reed, 30 July 2014 - 10:04 PM.