How come no one ever skates to the 1812 Overture?
Another little used piece from Carmen is the Nocturne. I've loved this piece for a long time, I think it's absolutely gorgeous, especially with the violin solo. I don't know of any Carmen programs that use it, but if someone knows of one, let me know because I want to see it!
When it comes to Besame Mucho which has been used by at least just about every Finnish skater ( ) there's a fresh interpretation by Kaplan. I find it very beautiful!
On Spotify there is a longer version which would be perfect for SPs.
Last edited by ankka; 03-31-2011 at 06:21 PM.
And why so little skating to Respighi?
But then again, someone did Beethoven's Fifth last year.
I can't wait for an ice dance team to take on "Past the Point of No Return" from POTO. That score is used so much but that piece not really, and if used it is always part of a medley. It would be nice to see it as a standalone Tango, maybe for a SD one year.
Thinking ahead to 2014, perhaps the returning Olympic champion could bring 1812 with him to Sochi. He seems to like warhorses and it would be fun watching him skate to 1812 as Grandpa once again tries to prove he is the tango king.
By that time Chan will have finaly mastered his "Phantom" program only to find ou too late the judges are sick of it
Concerning Respighi; There are a few skaters that have used it a U.S. Nationals, but not successfully. I think the problem may be the dynamic shading of his music. When I listen to Pines of Rome I find myself having to adjust the volume more than once. If I'm in the car, I can never hear half of the catacomb's section and I can't begin to get the full effect of the Appian Way. I think Respighi's music is enjoyed best in live performances.
I'm sure an expert sound engineer could overcome these issues. It only needs a skater with some funds to cut the music well and Pines of Rome could become one of the great skating "warhorses".
Just like I love those chords in Daphnis and Chloe, I thrill to the way that "Pines of the Appian Way" gets all the way there and leaves me feeling complete. With the right skater it could be a masterpiece.
As with Daphnis and Chloe, I can't find a really good version of Pines of the Appian Way on youtube.
Last edited by A.H.Black; 04-01-2011 at 10:11 AM.
Math, I'm still chuckling over your description of the 1812 Overture as a vehicle for a ladies' singles skater. Don't let Mao see your post, or she'll commission TAT to choreograph it for her! And I've got her pegged for the Botticelli piece.
Postscript: Speaking of warhorses, no one's mentioned Dvorak's New World Symphony. Wouldn't that be a rich trove of music, some suitable and some not so much. The first movement especially, with that fierce A theme and the serene B theme, would have lots of potential.
Last edited by Olympia; 04-01-2011 at 10:45 AM.
In general, I've found Dvorak to be the "forgotten" composer in skating. He doesn't get as much play as Tchaikovsky, Bizet, or the others.
I would also like to see Elgar's Cello Concerto. Very elegiac, yes, but for the right introspective skater, it could be a masterpiece.