LP is...Vivaldi for me, still...I know many believe Poeta is his masterpiece/best program in his whole career and I agree with them...'artistically'. Especially at 2007 Tokyo Worlds where, in spite of jump mistakes, I had goosebumps while watching it the whole time 4 mminutes d half! However, if I see it as a competitive program, I feel a bit incomplete becasuse of lack to ice coverage/over all speed/too many stops with dance at one place. (Sorry to say this and please don't get me wrong, becasuse I also knew his injuries over the years is part of its reason...)
With Vivaldi program in 2005-06 season, Stephane was literally 'flying' with joy over the ice, expressing every note of the music with his whole body while executing hardest jumps (2nd quad in the second half!), doing most difficult steps and spins at the same time!!! That was figure skating, the sport I fell in love, for me. Stephane exactly demonstrated 'figure skating' with this program, not mere hard jumps, not numbers of revolutions/change edges/positions required in spins, not all about skating skill, nor requirements to get level 4 step sq. A mixture of everything that was performed on the ice throughout 4 minutes+half!
As for Buttle, SP is probably Rachmaninov as a competitive program. Adios Noninos at 2007 Worlds comes to close second, though.
There are so many free programs of his that I really like, so I just can't pick up one...maybe Ararat at 2008 LA Worlds where he skated so perfectly (though I still prefer his white shirt with blue emboideries in the previous season).
I agree with you, IP, many of their programs are pure 'gems' in this CoP era. Around 2005-7 seasons, I did believe that we were going to encounter with many great programs such as Stephane's Vivaldi, Jeff's Glenn Gould, Dai's Klook or Tessa/Scott's Mahler, and that we were going to see many wonderful/exciting/beautiful/artistic skaters like them who can demonstrate a true figure skating. But the reality is, I am just an amateur fan so I don't know it for sure but...each season we get to see such great programs/skaters, say, not more than 10, maybe?
->I much prefer this shirt for his Ararat, though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpdzA20mgy0
Oh, I miss Stephane and Jeffs so much! IP, thanks a lot for reminding me of them. One of the reasons I love Steph, Jeff and Dai so much is every season they could make competitive programs, its choreographies, step sequences, etc. of their own's, and at every competition they entered or at every show appearance, they could always bring something special to the ice and bring the joy of skating to us, regardless of mistakes or not. (For that matter, I feel a bit disappointed with younger skaters and blame it to ISU , except a couple of the mentioned in my previou post.) The intensity, strain and excitement during 6-minute warm up by the final group at 2007 Tokyo Worlds was the 'best and worst' moment for me, probably, because I loved all of them; the very best six skaters that year: Brian, Jeff, Dai, Johnny, Evan and Stephane, so I got so nervous for each one of them and I just did not know who to root for the most!
P.S. Buttle's style of skating was considered as ideal and most desired by ISU upon introduction of IJS/CoP, wasn't it?
That must have been some experience, watching that worlds live! I'd have been similarly anxious for everyone. Who could choose between Stephane, Jeff, and Daisuke--and then to add Brian, Johnny, and Evan to the mix.
That's an interesting point, that many of the greatest skating programs of recent times are also CoP gems. Certainly YuNa's programs qualify for that description. I wonder, though, whether some of these programs come from a time when CoP was calibrated slightly differently from the way it's set up now? Does anyone have any thoughts about that? I mean, at the beginning of CoP, Sasha held the points record for ladies for the first few years. She'd hardly score that high with such programs now. Have the criteria evolved?