Choreography By Balanchine / Tzigane, Andante from Divertimento No 15, The Four Temperaments, Selections from Jewels, Stravinsky Violin Concerto
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(Jul 16, 2011)
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Andante from Divertimento No 15 w/ Ashley, Calegari, Pillarre,
Saland, Spohn, Bennett, Casttelli, Weiss
The Four Temperments w/Cook, Luders, Neary, Ashley, Duell
Selections from Jewels
Emeralds: Ashley, Ebitz, Bourne, Duell, Watts, von Aronldingen, Lavery
Diamonds pas de deux: Farrell/Martins
Stranvinsky Violin Concerto: Mazzo, von Arnoldigen, Martins, Cook
"The 4 Temperaments" is the best of Balenchine. A piece of perfection to fantastic music by Hindeminth. The choreography actually enhances the already brilliant score. But if dancers are not dancing to the beats, it is ruined and that's what you have here. It is unwatchable!
Parts 1 and 2 of 4 (1977)
I saw some of this series on TV back in 1978. I was awe-striken. I was a twenty-year fan of Stravinsky's music already and impressed by the composer's high opinion of this dance master (Mr. B). Seeing it for myself (being unable to go to NYC and actually attend) was totally thrilling and indelibly memorable.
Not mentioned here by other reviewers is that this is parts 1 and 2 of 4 parts made in Nashville TN. By the time I found out about the HVS tapes and their tranfer to DVD, I already had read Bernard Taper's biography of GB (with super photographs!) and became a Balanchine admirer in general (not just Stravinsky-Balanchine!). Some PBS celebration shows helped.
I like all of it. I haven't been bothered by any video/audio unsynchronicity (if there really is any) on this DVD.
Let me rave on about my very favorite dances.
The Four Temperaments, music by Hindemith - I am amused by the tale that Mr. B had some cash ahead after working for Broadway and Hollywood, so he commissioned the piece of music from Hindemith. I don't know of anyone else who would celebrate a financial return into the black this way. Mr. B didn't even have a dance company at the time. But then he and Lincoln Kirstein started Ballet Society, with would end up evolving into NYCB. The story is pure Balanchine: the music comes first; the dance makes the music visual.
Stravinsky Violin Concerto, music by Stravinsky (of course!) - Mr. B made two choreographies of this concerto: Balustrade in the 1940s and Violin Concerto after Stravinsky's passing on. This one is the second of these.Read more ›
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Some of the best ballet ever created, danced by the women and men Ballanchine created it for. Suzanne Farrell is amazing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Brunetti
WHAT is the matter with the Balanchine Trust???? HOW after all these years, can they simply not make this available to the public? Read morePublished 24 months ago by janeausten76
tzigane, the four temperaments,and the stravinsky violin concerto are in my opinion really special, that is not to say the others represented here are not also very very good. Read morePublished on September 25, 2010 by cate
This is one of the two part set of PBS broadcasts of the New York City Ballet doing dances by Balanchine which he redesigned for television viewing. Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by drkhimxz
This DVD shows the golden age of New York City Ballet. Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins shine among a great company.Published on February 12, 2009 by Roman Forum