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Dance! The World's Favorite Ice-Skating Music

Audio Samples

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade
>     Waltz
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Gershwin, George : Concerto in F
>     3. Allegro agitato
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>     Main Theme
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>     Act 3. Scene
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>     Sabre Dance
>Minkus, Léon : Don Quixote
>     Pas de deux
>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird
>     Infernal Dance
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>     1. Adagio sostenuto
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Act 1. Prelude
>     Act 3. Entr'acte
>     Act 4. Entr'acte
>Traditional, Russian : Dark eyes ("Ochi chornye," "Black Eyes"), folk song
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz
>     [Excerpt]
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>     [Conclusion]
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>     Overture
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>     [Conclusion]
>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>     Variation no 18
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Barry, John : James Bond 007, theme from the film series (after Monty Norman)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
>Gardel, Carlos : Por una cabeza, tango for voice & chamber orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>     Romance
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus
>     Adagio of and Phrygia (Excerpt)
>Monti, Vittorio : Csardas
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Herman, Jerry : Mack and Mabel
>     Overture

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade
>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
>Gershwin, George : Concerto in F
>Williams, John : Schindler's List
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Minkus, Léon : Don Quixote
>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Traditional, Russian : Dark eyes ("Ochi chornye," "Black Eyes"), folk song
>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Barry, John : James Bond 007, theme from the film series (after Monty Norman)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
>Gardel, Carlos : Por una cabeza, tango for voice & chamber orchestra
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus
>Monti, Vittorio : Csardas
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
>Herman, Jerry : Mack and Mabel
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set contains a wide selection of popular classical pieces used by ice skaters in their programs at major international competitions, including the World Figure Skating Championships and the Winter Olympics. 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.

Notes & Reviews:

EMI's Dance! The World's Favourite Ice-Skating Music is a splendid idea; one place where classical music remains a required element is in the world of figure skating. The music used in figure skating is of a rather specific kind; a fair amount of it is related to ballet, but some of it comes from the "classical favorites" category: movie scores, tango, and other areas sometimes only tangentially related to classical. Locating such themes -- indeed, some judging panels require the use of specific pieces -- can often be a hassle for an aspiring skater, and Dance! The World's Favourite Ice-Skating Music makes it a good deal easier by virtue of including a good number of the standard, expected works; moreover including certain longer ones in pre-shortened versions, durations more friendly to the average 5-6 minute figure skating program. Although this is a two-disc set, there are some notable things that could have been included that are not; certainly EMI could've added Vanessa-Mae's version of the Bach Toccata & Fugue, heard at many high-level skating competitions, and one is puzzled as to why The Young Prince and the Young Princess from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade was skipped, as it is so, so common in figure skating. However, one will find an appropriately curtailed version of Ravel's Boléro, the Monti Czardas, Saint-Saëns' The Swan, Massenet's Thaïs "Meditation et alia," and it is hard to argue against anything here that is included: certainly the Theme to Schindler's List, "Dark Eyes," and even "The James Bond Theme" are all things that belong in this category.

It would have been useful for EMI to include even a single panel of notes, perhaps just mentioning some of the skaters that have used these musical bits, or at the very least to summarize the criteria that led to this compilation, but alas, there is not a single word. Nevertheless, while Dance! The World's Favourite Ice-Skating Music might not help you land your triple salchow with more surety, it will at least give a reasonable shot at finding the right music to execute it to.~Uncle Dave Lewis



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Works Details

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade :: Waltz
  • Conductor: Efrem Kurtz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1944.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Morricone, Ennio : The Mission
  • Conductor: Ennio Morricone
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Concerto in F :: 3. Allegro agitato
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Williams, John : Schindler's List :: Main Theme
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Iain Sutherland
  • Notes: Composition written: 1993.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1993

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Act 3. Scene
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre Dance
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Léon Minkus (1826 - 1917) : Don Quixote :: Pas de deux
  • Conductor: Robert Irving
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1869

>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird :: Infernal Dance
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Moonlight Sonata :: 1. Adagio sostenuto
  • Performer: Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carmen Dragon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Conductor: Leopoldo Federico
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 3. Entr'acte
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 4. Entr'acte
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Traditional, Russian : Dark eyes ("Ochi chornye," "Black Eyes"), folk song
  • Conductor: Carmen Dragon
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Written: circa 1800

>Liszt, Franz : Totentanz :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Peter Lockhart (Percussion); Nabil Kalibi (Oud); Maksim Mrvica (Piano); Tim Bran (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Matt Dunkley
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1847-1862

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro :: [Conclusion]
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Overture
  • Conductor: Otto Ackermann
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue :: [Conclusion]
  • Performer: Andre Previn (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Vanessa-Mae : Violin-Fantasy on Puccini's "Turandot"
  • Performer: Vanessa-Mae (Violin)
  • Conductor: Viktor Fedotov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini :: Variation no 18
  • Performer: Cécile Ousset (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performer: Sarah Chang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Barry, John : James Bond 007, theme from the film series (after Monty Norman)
  • Conductor: John Barry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3
  • Performer: Leonard Pennario (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carmen Dragon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Gardel, Carlos : Por una cabeza, tango for voice & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Julio Pane (Bandoneon); Raul Garello (Bandoneon); Jose Giaimo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly :: Romance
  • Performers: Piers Lane (Piano); Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre in G minor, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1874

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Carnival of the animals
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Huljic, Tonci : Leeloos Tune, for keyboards, percussion & orchestra
  • Performers: Peter Lockhart (Percussion); Nabil Kalibi (Oud); Maksim Mrvica (Piano); Tim Bran (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Matt Dunkley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus :: Adagio of and Phrygia (Excerpt)
  • Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov
  • Notes: Composition written: 1950-54.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Monti, Vittorio : Csárdás
  • Performers: Maxim Vengerov (Violin); Vag Papian (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Virtuosi Saxoniae
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performer: John Ogdon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Herman, Jerry : Mack and Mabel :: Overture
  • Conductor: Julian Kelly
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974