Posted 20 February 2000 - 11:11 PM
Me too, although I'd settle for seeing it at all! I know Liebeslieder has been compared to Davidsbunderlertanze, which I did see once, and without having any idea beforehand what I was in for. It's not something I would have expected to like a lot had I known, but it absolutely thrilled me, and I have a feeling that the cast I saw (this was '91) wasn't among the best. So .... Leigh, Manhattanik, anyone, I guess Davidsbundlertanze is not supposed to be in the same league as Liebeslieder, but how would you compare the "perfume" of two ballets? Does the Schumann lend itself to characterizations as rich as the Brahms? By my side as I write I have the video, which features, if Iím not mistaken, three of the four original couples. Memories and impressions of that original cast would be most welcome!
Posted 23 February 2000 - 09:47 AM
Posted 23 February 2000 - 11:01 AM
Davidsbundlertanze is similar superficially to Liebeslieder (same cast, radical departure from the usual Balanchine ballet) but for me, the significant difference is in purpose, and yes perfume.
Liebeslieder concerns itself with a social framework - Davidsbundlertanze is about the mind of Robert Schumann and the line of an artist - Liebeslieder is serene and delicate, Davidsbundlertanze is more anguished, sometimes overwrought.
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