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Vash01
09-25-2011, 07:08 PM
Rachmaninoff is one of the most popular composers when it comes to FS, and there have been many great performances skated to his music. I had to limit my list to 12 (I tried limiting it to 10, but it did not work:) )


Without ranking, here are my favorite FS performances skated to Rachamninoff's music:


1.Gordeeva-Grinkov: Vocalise (95 pro)

2.Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze- Elegy (98 ex)

3.Chen Lu- Rach 2 (96 LP)

4.Michelle Kwan -Rach 3 (98 SP)

5.Mishkutenok-Dmitriev- Rach 2(94 Oly LP)

6.Midori Ito- Rach 1 & 3 (?)- 92 Oly LP

7.Alexander Abt- Rach 2 & 3 (2000 Euro)

8.Totmianina-Marinin: On a theme by Paganini (2004 SP)

9.Jeffrey Buttle- Prelude in C-sharp minor Op 3-2 (2005 worlds)

10.Daisuke Takahashi- Rach 2 LP (2005? SA)

11. Ekaterina Gordeeva- Elegy (96? Pro): one of my favorite singles programs by Katia. Her emotions in it made me cry.

12.Stephane Lambiel- Not sure of the event, year or venue but the music is Rachmaninoff's Prelude n G minor, Op.23, No.5

Honorable mentions:

Sale & Pelletier - Orchid LP 2002 (when skated well)
Sasha Cohen- 2003(?) LP

You Tube:

Famous skaters -Rachmaninoff on ice: Part I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttPRCGM8lPM&feature=related

Part II:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Vd-2DTU1g

falling_dance
09-26-2011, 01:06 AM
1. Robin Cousins, 1991 World Pros TP (Rach 2)
1. Chen Lu, 1996 Worlds LP (Rach 2)
3. Michelle Kwan, 1998 Ultimate Four SP (2nd Piano Trio; Rach 3 finale)
4. Mishkutenok/Dmitriev, 1994 Olympics LP (Rach 2)
5. Sarah Hughes, 2001 Skate America LP (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Rach 2)
6. Mao Asada, 2010 Worlds LP ("Bells of Moscow")
7. John Curry, 1976 Olympics SP (Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini)
8. Rachael Flatt, 2010 Olympics LP (ditto)

I still haven't seen Buttle's Prelude in C sharp minor program, so I'd better stop right now...

Vash01
09-26-2011, 01:08 AM
BTW Lambiel's program in my list was a show skate, skated to Rachmaninoff's Prelude n G minor, Op.23, No.5. It is in the part II YT link above, toward the end.

The link below has the performance by itself. He has grown into a really great artist on ice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E_e107VkL0&feature=youtu.be

Macassar88
09-26-2011, 01:40 AM
Chen Lu's Rach 2 is my favorite skate of all time. I love it so much.

Vash01
09-26-2011, 02:02 AM
Chen Lu's Rach 2 is my favorite skate of all time. I love it so much.

Here it is. I love her maturity, her expression, her musical interpretation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCRaoNfU0r8

LuckyCharm
09-26-2011, 02:07 AM
M&D, Kwan, and Chen top my list. I also think S&P's program was a gem, and I wish they'd stuck with it long enough to realize its potential.

luCN
09-26-2011, 03:40 AM
love all the programs above,especially Abt and Kwan~

and I think Denis Ten's 2009 Worlds LP is good too,although he's very young then ~

literaryfreak
09-26-2011, 03:56 AM
Mishkutenok/Dmitriev's is my favorite (love their straight line step sequence), so powerful. I love Robin Cousin's too, especially the slide spiral. I really liked Adam Rippon's, which had very similar cuts to Mishkutenok/Dmitriev's. I wish he'd made it to Worlds so we could've seen that.

Have any ice dancers used Rach 2?

briancoogaert
09-26-2011, 09:05 AM
Lu Chen 1996 LP and Mishkutienok&Dmitriev 1994 LP.

Then, I discovered it later, but Robin Cousins had a very beautiful program to Rach. :)

Vash01
09-26-2011, 04:58 PM
I have never seen Robin Cousins skate to Rach. I hope it's on YT. I will look for it tonight.

Amy03
09-26-2011, 05:35 PM
My is undoubtly Mao Asada's 2010 fs "Bells of Moscow" love the intensity, and her attack and of course her elegant movement and beautiful posture as well as how beautifully she executes every element...

skatesindreams
09-26-2011, 05:57 PM
I have never seen Robin Cousins skate to Rach. I hope it's on YT. I will look for it tonight.

Here it is:

Robin Cousins "Rachmaninov Concerto No.2" 1991

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pvHxrINtI

NONKO
09-26-2011, 06:17 PM
Even now, it is hardly to understand why Fumie could not stand on the podium in 2006 Torino Olympics.

Fumie Suguri 2006 Torino Olympic FS: Rach 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtF8SMGMeLQ&feature=related

bartek
09-26-2011, 06:33 PM
Even now, it is hardly to understand why Fumie could not stand on the podium in 2006 Torino Olympics.

Fumie Suguri 2006 Torino Olympic FS: Rach 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtF8SMGMeLQ&feature=related

Lower quality and less complex non-jump elements (spins in particular) than Slutskaya, Cohen and Arakawa? Boring free skate with no choreography and connection to the music? No difficult transitions between elements? Skating skills great but Slutskaya and Arakawa had them too. This is possibly one of the worst Rachmaninoff prorams in terms of choreography... How could Lori have created this piece of nothing?

dinakt
09-26-2011, 07:43 PM
Gordeeva/Grinkov's "Vocalise" for me. I rewatch it often. Perfection.
But all the programs iun the initial post are great classics.
I love what Lambiel did with the Prelude in G minor.
Buttle's "95 SP is fabulous.
Abt's Rach 3 is a great tribute to lyricism (except it's 2002:)) http://youtu.be/qiYM7IuFbog
Thanks for the thread!
I actually think Rachmainov is a bit underused- there is plently of music there which is perfect for skating and not used.