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Dance! - The World's Favorite Ice-Skating Music


Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58906  
Composer:  Aram KhachaturianEnnio MorriconeGeorge GershwinJohn T. Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Peter DonohoeTasmin LittleLeonard PennarioMaksim Mrvica,   ... 
Conductor:  Efrem KurtzEnnio MorriconeSimon RattleIain Sutherland,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraEnnio Morricone OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available: Canadian soprano Measha Brüggergosman, who sang the Olympic hymn in the Opening Ceremony in Vancouver.



This 2 CD set contains a wide selection of popular classical pieces used by ice skaters in their programmes at major international competitions, including the World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympics. Some of the music on this album will be heard at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the routines of the South Korean skater Yu-Na Kim (Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F) and her Japanese rival Mao Osada (Khachaturian’s Masquerade), as well as those of other leading skaters.

1976
Read more was the first year that Ice Dancing for couples was included in the Winter Olympics. The British team of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously won the Olympic gold medal in Sarajevo in 1984 with a dramatic free skate to Ravel's Bolero (included here) which earned unanimous 6.0s for presentation. The Overture to the musical Mack and Mabel, which concludes CD 2, gave Torvill and Dean the opportunity to show a completely different and light-hearted side of their skating talents. The album also includes some specific recordings actually used in competition routines such as Maksim Mrvica’s arrangement of Liszt’s Totentanz (Michelle Kwan of the USA and Irina Slutskaya of Russia) and the violinist Vanessa-Mae’s interpretation of ‘Nessun dorma’ from Puccini’s opera Turandot (Shizuka Arakawa of Japan and Denise Zimmermann of Germany). Also included in the programme are pieces of music that have proved popular with many different skaters over the years, such as the main theme from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake, as well as items from Bizet’s famous opera Carmen, which are used both on their own and in medleys. Piazzolla’s ‘Libertango’ is also now heard frequently on the ice in varying arrangements; it is included here in an authentic performance by an Argentinian orchestra.

Competitive solo figure skating used to be based mainly on gymnastic and acrobatic movements, but the British champion skater John Curry was responsible for bringing the artistic and presentation aspects of men's figure skating to a new level by introducing elements of ballet and modern dance into his performances, and most subsequent skaters have continued to follow suit. In 1976, Curry’s inspired routine to music from the ballet Don Quixote by Minkus (included in this album) won him a gold medal at the European Figure Skating Championship, the World Figure Skating Championship and the Winter Olympics.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Masquerade: Waltz by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USSR 
2.
The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ennio Morricone Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
3.
Concerto for Piano in F major: 3rd movement, Allegro Agitato by George Gershwin
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
4.
Schindler's List: Main Theme by John T. Williams
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
5.
Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act 2 - Scène by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
6.
Les patineurs, Op. 183 by Emil Waldteufel
Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Paris, France 
7.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
8.
Don Quixote: Pas de deux by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Conductor:  Robert Irving
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
9.
Firebird Suite: Danse infernale by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Russia 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Conductor:  Carmen Dragon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
12.
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  Leopoldo Federico
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
13.
Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
14.
Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
15.
Carmen: Act 4 Prelude "Aragonaise" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
16.
Dark Eyes by Traditional
Conductor:  Carmen Dragon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Russia 
17.
Totentanz, S 126 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Maksim Mrvica (Piano)
Conductor:  Matt Dunkley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849/1859; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Arranger: Dunkley. 
18.
Boléro: Finale by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
19.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Otto Ackermann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Rhapsody in Blue: Finale by George Gershwin
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
21.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
Conductor:  Viktor Fedotov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
22.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Cécile Ousset (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
23.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
24.
Dr. No: Agent 007 by Monty Norman
Conductor:  John Barry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Barry Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1962; USA 
25.
Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 2, Prélude in C sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Leonard Pennario (Piano)
Conductor:  Carmen Dragon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
26.
Por una cabeza by Carlos Gardel
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Argentina 
27.
Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; France 
28.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
29.
Leeloos Tune by Tonci Huljic
Performer:  Maksim Mrvica (Piano)
Conductor:  Matt Dunkley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
30.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
31.
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1955 
32.
Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a: Romance by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin), Piers Lane (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USSR 
33.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Vag Papian (Piano), Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
34.
Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  John Ogdon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830-1831; Poland 
35.
Mack and Mabel: Overture by Jerry Herman
Conductor:  Julian Kelly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 

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