Best Malaguena - Cohen 2003 Skate Canada
Best Totentanz - Slutskaya 2006 Olympics
Best Dark Eyes - Cohen 2006 Olympics
Best Turandot - Shen & Zhao (though I love Shizuka's interpretation too) 2003 Worlds
Best Swan Lake - Cohen 2003 Skate America
Best Pas de Deux from the Nutcracker - Shen & Zhao 2004-2005 GPF
Best Nino Rota's Romeo and Juliette - Cohen 2006 Nationals
Best Tosca - Kwan 2004 Nationals
Best Aranjuez - Kwan 2003 Worlds
Best Otonal - Butyrskaya 1999 Worlds
Best La Traviata - Lambiel 2010 Euros
Best Moonlight Sonata - Cohen 2009 exhibition
Best Flamenco - Suguri 2006 Worlds
Best Liebestraume - Asada 2011 Nationals
Best Tango de Roxanne - Kim 2007
Best Blues for Klook - Takahashi
Best Shubert's Serenade - Slutskaya 2002 Worlds
Best La Strada - Takahashi 2010 Worlds
Best East of Eden - Kwan
Best Memoires of a Geisha - Nakano 2007 Worlds
Best Mendelsson's Violin Concerto - Ando 2007 Worlds
Best Miss Saigon - Kim 2007 Cup of Russia
Best Seventeen Moments of Spring - Butyrskaya (actually I haven't seen anyone else doing that but I love her interpretation) 2000 NHK
Best Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 23 - Kostner 2011-2012 GPF
Best Danse Macabre - Kim 2009 Worlds
Malaguena - Kurt Browning & Tara Lipinski http://youtu.be/FXXxRolfBAU
Nyah - Kurt Browning http://youtu.be/l0Izl1CA1uA
Take 5 (which in the last few years has been used overly much) - Torvill & Dean http://youtu.be/QsK0KCoxosk
Carmen - Evan Lysacek http://youtu.be/R8zJXcviX0I
Otonal - Johnny Weir http://youtu.be/2ttNzEwPMLM
will have to come back to this, watching Lions @ Saints and it's getting good...
Best Chaplin- Berezhnaya Sikharulidze
Best Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)- Anissina Peizerat
romeo and juliet- sasha
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA- MERYL AND CHARLIE
I have very little to add, except that there's an unusual solo interpretation by Katia Gordeyeva of "I will Wait for You," the song from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1997. I'm not saying that it's better than V/M's--in fact it's kind of rudimentary at that early stage in Katia's solo career--but she gives it an convincing emotional simplicity.
Gordeyeva also did a pretty riveting Mahler Adagietto at the memorial program for Sergei. In fact, I kind of thought that she had effectively retired the music. I was impressed with Virtue/Moir's Mahler program in terms of their skating, but it took me awhile to feel that the music was theirs.
The great thing about a thread like this is that any performance that's cited makes me think of other performances that are also lovely. For example, I adore Takahashi, but as Doris says, Rahkamo/Kokko also did a simply enchanting version of "La Strada"--they were a wonderfully inventive and expressive couple who were underrated by judges but always prized by fans.
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Best Swan : Oksana Baiul, 1992 Olympic exhibition, runner-up, Johnny Weir, 2006 Olympics
Best Tosca: Michelle Kwan 2004 US Nationals
Best Scheherazade: Midori Ito, NHK Trophy, 1989(?); runner-up, MK, 2002 Nationals
Best Afternoon of a Faun: Janet Lynn, various
Best Gershwin Concerto: Yu Na Kim, 2010 Olympics
Best Rach 3: Michelle Kwan 1997-98 SP
Best Rach Prelude in C# Minor: Jeffrey Buttle
The best Liebestraum - Mishkutenok/Dmitriev, hands down.
The best Pink Floyd - Delobel/Sch
The best Adagio by Albinioni - Denkova/Stavisky
The best rumba - Torvill Dean, 1994.
Best Samson & Delilah - Jeff Buttle
It was good for a little while.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
I'll have to check that one out, Dragonlady. I found Joannie Rochette's Samson in 2010 at Canadian nationals stupendous. I don't remember Buttle's, so I need to compare.
I know, all of these playoff games have started out really good/edge of your seat. Then by third quarter one team breaks out and the other one forgets there's a second half to play or something. Watching the Giants cream the Falcons right now...
Originally Posted by Mathman
now my (AND Kristi Yamaguchi's) Niners are stuck battling the Saints next week.
leave no stone unturned
Carmina Burana -Anissina-Peizerat at Worlds 2000
Kitt who else skated to Lady Caliph? Sublime is right on the money.
Aranjuez belongs to NK Worlds 2003
Meditation On Thais has to be G&G -signature piece. Bartek has Sasha for many performances. Flawed but still who did a better Swan, Dark Eyes, Romeo and juliet? Fernanadp's Hideaway was adorable.
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Rudy Galindo did a better Swan. For that matter, so did Ilia Klimkin. Sasha can have the ladies' Swan award, but both guys were better.
OTOH, Saint Saens' Swan has to be Johnny Weir's Camille the Swan
and for the ladies,
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