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The Art Of Maria Tallchief - Bell Telephone & In Montreal

Tallchief / Eglevsky / Bruhn / Nureyev / Ludlov
Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Video Artists International   Catalog #: 4234  
Composer:  Felix MendelssohnLéon Fyodorovich MinkusEduard HelstedSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria Tallchief - Her Complete Bell Telephone Hour Appearances Maria Tallchief has long been recognized as one of the most accomplished American-trained dancers of her time. Her superb technique, combined with an innate musicality, lent a strong presence to her appearances, most particularly to the many major roles created for her by George Balanchine. Tallchief made five guest appearances on the Bell Telephone Hour. Her partners included an appropriately starry assemblage of leading male dancers. The excerpts, ranging from the cool neoclassicism of Balanchine’s Allegro brillante to John Butler’s ardent Romeo and Juliet pas de deux, amply demonstrate the extraordinary versatility of this truly great American ballerina. Adagio Read more from the "Scotch" Symphony (with André Eglevsky) music: Mendelssohn; choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust telecast of April 9, 1959 Grand pas de deux from Don Quixote (with Erik Bruhn) music: Minkus; choreography: Marius Petipa telecast of January 6, 1961 Pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano (with Rudolf Nureyev) music: Helsted & Paulli; choreography: Erik Bruhn, after Bournonville telecast of January 19, 1962 Allegro brillante to Tchaikovsky’s Third Piano Concerto (with Nicholas Magallanes) music: Tchaikovsky; choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust telecast of February 25, 1964 "Balcony Scene" pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet (with Conrad Ludlow) music: Prokofiev; choreography: John Butler telecast of February 13, 1966 The Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra conducted by Donald Voorhees Originally produced for the Bell Telephone Hour television series 43 minutes, USA, 1959/1961/1962/1964/1966, Color Maria Tallchief in Montreal These magnificent performances represent the earliest known video documents of one of the most important dancers of the century. Tallchief premiered many of Balanchine's ballets, including his Pas de Dix, which she dances here with André Eglevsky. Also included is an extended scene from Act II of Swan Lake (also with Eglevsky), with some new choreography by Balanchine. The video is rounded out by a performance of the Pas de deux from Les Sylphides with Royes Fernandez. Live telecasts from the archives of Radio-Canda, 1954-1963. Approx. 40 minutes, Black & White. telecast of March 3, 1963 Pas de deux from Les Sylphides (8:23) Maria Tallchief, Royes Fernandez music: Chopin; choreography: Michel Fokine telecast of November 5, 1957 Pas de dix (16:48) Maria Tallchief, André Eglevsky, and Corps de Balletmusic: Glazunov; choreography: George Balanchine after Marius Petipa* telecast of March 25, 1954 Swan Lake - Scenes from Act II (13:37) Maria Tallchief, André Eglevsky music: Tchaikovsky; choreography: George Balanchine after Lex Ivanov* Orchestre de Radio-Canada under the direction of Jean Deslauriers * Pas de Dix, Scenes from Swan Lake Act II, choreography by George Balanchine© The George Balanchine Trust. BALANCHINE is a Trademark of The George Balanchine Trust. In terms of physical presence, musicianship and razor-sharp technique, Maria Tallchief remains the quintessential American dancer. These performances, which include the earliest extant television appearances by Miss Tallchief, capture those qualities with stunning preciseness. Dance historians will take special pleasure in the inclusion of George Balanchine's Pas de dix with Miss Tallchief and André Eglevsky, principals of the work's debut at New York's City Center less than two years before Radio-Canada's filming. If the Pas de dix succeeds in demonstrating Miss Tallchief's precision, authority and superb point work, the excerpts from Les Sylphides and Swan Lake exemplify the lyrical aspects of her dancing and the sheer elegance of her line, qualities equally shared by her Sylphides partner, Royes Fernandez. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish": 3rd movement, Adagio by Felix Mendelssohn
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Don Quixote: Grand pas de deux by Léon Fyodorovich Minkus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Russia 
Flower Festival in Genzano: Pas de deux by Eduard Helsted
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858 
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Holguer Simon Paulli. 
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Balcony Scene by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act 2 - Excerpt(s) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Les Sylphides: Excerpt(s) by Frédéric Chopin
Period: Romantic 

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 A MUST FOR ALL SERIOUS BALLET FANS January 25, 2014 By Barry N. (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "This is one of the few examples of the brilliant dancing of Maria Tallchief. Unfortunately, she is not paired with Jacques d'Amboise who was one of her most frequent partners. However, this is a must for all ballet fans." Report Abuse
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