Ballet Suites

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DG 437806-2

Of all the art forms that I do appreciate, I have no appreciation for the ballet.  The music is what I really appreciate however and there are some really memorable tunes in ballet and the most widely known and popular of all the ballet suites are by Peter Tchaikovsky.  I am going to recommend the DG recording 437 806-2 with James Levine conducting.  This recording has the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake all on one CD.  See how many you have heard before.  The Nutcracker should be very familiar as it is played on TV every year near Christmas.    The interesting part about The Nutcracker is that the various parts are quite short ranging from just over a minute to a maximum of about 6 1/2 minutes.  The average is about 2-3 minutes long.  Just right for radio play.  When I was starting my collection of classical music, I found that nearly everything by Tschaikovsky was something that I liked save for 3 symphonies.  The three I don't care for are his 1st. 2nd, and Manfred symphonies.