Ballet Favourites

Ballet Favourites

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The origins of the ballet date back to 15th- century Italy, when a series of formal dance manoeuvres were evolved from the sport of fencing. For over two centuries ballet flourished as a popular form of entertainment at the courts of Italy and France, until it was gradually incorporated into the burgeoning form of opera. These danced interludes created such a sensation that by the 1840s ballet had become an independent genre attracting some of the finest composers of France, Russia and Italy, including Delibes, Hérold, Ponchielli, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.



1–3. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Scène / Dance of the cygnets / Valse

4. Hérold arr. Lanchbery: La fille mal gardee Clog Dance
5–6. Khachaturian: Masquerade / Spartacus Waltz / Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
7–10. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker March / Trépak (Russian Dance) Dance of the Reed Pipes / Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
11. Ponchielli: La Gioconda Dance of the Hours
12–13. Chopin arr. Douglas: Les Sylphides Prélude / Valse
14–15. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Dance of the Knights / Masks
16–18 Prokofiev: Cinderella Duet of the Prince and Cinderella Waltz-Coda / Midnight
19–20. Delibes: Sylvia / Coppélia Pizzicati / Mazurka
21–22. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Waltz / Panorama

23. Youmans arr. Shostakovich Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two)