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there are two video/dvd sources (that i know of) which offer performances of what the soviet and post-soviet ballet call the TALISMAN PAS DE DEUX, but i know of no CD recordings nor of any musical scores.

maybe someone else will.

fyi, the videos noted above:

Bolshoi ballerina: Ludmila Semenyaka c1989. 60 min.

Produced by U.S.S.R. Gosteleradio for Entertainment Video Corporation. Distributed as a videotape by Kultur, W. Long Branch, New Jersey.

SUMMARY: Compilation of excerpts from ballet performances by Ludmila Semenyaka and members of the Bolshoi Ballet, interspersed with brief footage of Semenyaka rehearsing with Galina Ulanova and in the class of Asaf Messerer.

CONTENTS: The sleeping beauty: Act I, Aurora's entrance variation and the Rose adagio. Choreography: Marius Petipa. Music: Peter Il'ich Tchaikovsky. Perf. by Semenyaka and others. -- A solar duet. Choreography: Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasiliev. Music: Arno Babdjanian. Perf. by Semenyaka and Alexander Bogatyrev. -- Giselle: Act I, mad scene, and Act II excerpts. Choreography: Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot. Music: Adolphe Adam. Perf. by Semenyaka with Andris Liepa [Act II excerpts] and others. -- Legend of love: female variation and pas de deux. Choreography: Music: Arif Melikov. Perf. by Semenyaka, Vyacheslav Gordeyev, and ensemble. -- Black swan pas de deux. Choreography: Petipa. Music: Tchaikovsky. Perf. by Semenyaka and Alexei Fadeyechev. -- Spartacus: pas de deux of Phrygia and Spartacus. Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich. Music: Aram Khatchaturian. Perf. by Semenyaka and Mikhail Lavrovsky. -- The talisman: pas de deux. Choreography: Petipa. Music: Riccardo Drigo. Perf. by Semenyaka and Alexander Vetrov. -- The nutcracker: Act II grand pas de deux and finale. Choreography: Grigorovich. Music: Tchaikovsky. Perf. by Semenyaka, Lavrovsky, and others.

Nina Ananiashvili & international stars. Volume 4 / co-produced by Arts Core, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Japan Arts ; directed by Shuji Fujii ; produced by Shin Takaoka ; artistic direction, Frank Andersen. Fort Lee, N.J. : Video Artists International, 1993. (67 min.)

Dancers (in order of appearance): Zhanna Ayupova, St. Petersburg Kirov Ballet ; Igor Zelensky, New York City Ballet ; Tatyana Terekhova, St. Petersburg Kirov Ballet ; Yury Posokhov, Royal Danish Ballet ; Rose Gad, Royal Danish Ballet ; Alexander Kolpin, Royal Danish Ballet ; Nina Ananiashvili, Bolshoi Ballet ; Aleksei Fadeechev, Bolshoi Ballet.

Music performed by the Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Aleksandr Sotnikov.

Bayaderka: the Kingdom of the Shades, pas de deux (ca. 16 min.) / choreography, Marius Petipa ; music, L. Minkus ; danced by Zhanna Ayupova and Igor Zelensky.

The talisman: pas de deux (ca. 15 min.) / choreography, Marius Petipa ; music, Riccardo Drigo ; danced by Tatyana Terekhova and Yury Posokhov.

Giselle: Act II pas de deux (ca. 10 min.) / choreography, Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot ; music, Adolphe Adam ; danced by Rose Gad and Alexander Kolpin.

Don Quixote: grand pas (ca. 25 min.) / choreography, Aleksandr Gorsky after Marius Petipa ; music, Leon Minkus ; danced by Nina Ananiashvili, Aleksei Fadeechev, and others.

Recorded in performance at Tokyobunkakaikan, Tokyo, Japan, on August 7, 1993.

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