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    Evan Lysacek's Olympic Program Music

    Would anyone know if Lori Nichol used the New York Philharmonic CD again for Evan's Scheherazade OL 10 LP like she did for Michelle in 2002?

    Also would anyone know the orchestra used for Evan;s Firebird SP?

    Hope someone can help

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    Interesting question! I have no idea where one could find that out, short of contacting Lori herself. I, alas, can be of no help to you. With few exceptions, I can't pick out one recording from another, and I'm not sure they give out that information when handing out program notes for the skaters' music. I always feel lucky if they even tell us what the piece is. Many of them I can recognize, but it wasn't until this year that I learned that the beginning notes of Kwan's "Song of the Black Swan" program actually came from a piece with that name by Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos. (I knew it wasn't from the Dvorak chamber work that formed the rest of the program, but that wasn't much of a help to me!)

    Maybe someone else will have an idea of where that information is available. If so, I'd love to learn the answer also!

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    Lori didn't do Michelle's Scheherazade. Frank Carroll and Sarah Kawahara did, so it may be the same recording, because Frank was involved in choreographing Michelle's program.

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    Well, knock me over with a feather. I had forgotten that. Anyone remember why Lori didn't choreograph for their prize student in an Olympic year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Well, knock me over with a feather. I had forgotten that. Anyone remember why Lori didn't choreograph for their prize student in an Olympic year?
    Because Michelle chose not to go to Lori for choreography that year. She wanted to try something new. She tried another thing new when she left Frank right after Nationals.

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    I like the Scheherazade music cuts which Lori used in Evan´s freeskate, it is always great as the performance builds up towards the end.

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    Why am I thinking Evan used Rhapsody in Blue by TT and revised by Lori?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Why am I thinking Evan used Rhapsody in Blue by TT and revised by Lori?
    IIRC, Evan used Rhapsody in Blue (which I actually call the Gershwin Medley program since other pieces were used in addition to Rhapsody) choreographed by TT for the 2008-2009 season. It was either after a Grand Prix event or Nationals (where Evan came in 3rd) that Lori was brought in to revamp the program. If it was after Nationals, it was successful since he won Worlds

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Interesting question! I have no idea where one could find that out, short of contacting Lori herself. I, alas, can be of no help to you. With few exceptions, I can't pick out one recording from another, and I'm not sure they give out that information when handing out program notes for the skaters' music. I always feel lucky if they even tell us what the piece is. Many of them I can recognize, but it wasn't until this year that I learned that the beginning notes of Kwan's "Song of the Black Swan" program actually came from a piece with that name by Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos. (I knew it wasn't from the Dvorak chamber work that formed the rest of the program, but that wasn't much of a help to me!)

    Maybe someone else will have an idea of where that information is available. If so, I'd love to learn the answer also!
    Olympia I know you love music and here is something for a rainy day.

    http://stokowski.org/1934_More_Elect..._Stokowski.htm

    Scroll down and you will find links with historic recordings of "Scheherazade" (and other gems) by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1934.

    "Scheherazade" has been a longtime specialty of the Philadelphia Orchestra, first under Stokowski and then Ormandy.

    The 1961 recording of Scheherazade under Ormandy is my favorite and it is not hard to hear differences in tempo and coloring from later recorded versions.

    NEW York, especially under Bernstein, always played it too fast. (Lenny was fond of his "bennies." )
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    Thanks so much, Hernando! What a treat to investigate. I love Scheherezade, especially the second and third movements.

    For those interested, here's a third skating interpretation, performed and choreographed by John Curry.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se19k1ZvLSw

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    Thanks for Curry!
    Watching that clip reminded me of how he skated with Peggy and Janet. Then it made me wish he was with us today, maybe skating with Shizuka or Alissa.
    Or Mao, Yuna, Laura, Caro.

    Wouldn't that be something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hernando View Post
    Thanks for Curry!
    Watching that clip reminded me of how he skated with Peggy and Janet. Then it made me wish he was with us today, maybe skating with Shizuka or Alissa.
    Or Mao, Yuna, Laura, Caro.

    Wouldn't that be something?
    Yes, indeed.

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    I don't know but I sure wish somebody would compile a CD with skaters' cuts of music, so that I could listen while choreographing in my head and pretending I'm in the Olympics! (side note: yes, I am a geek).

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