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kwanatic
04-12-2012, 03:03 PM
Kurt browning doing singing in the rain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXtd7xq7URM

The single most fan-girl scream worthy thing I've EVER seen from any male skater. This was sheer brilliance! The set, the choreography, Kurt's piddle-worthy edging and performing...:swoon::swoon::swoon:

I never get tired of watching this. I just remember back when skating specials like these were on every other weekend. Kurt doing this, Michelle's Mulan and Disney Princesses specials, and I remember the Wizard of Oz one they did staring Oksana Baiul too...aah, those were the days.

Teenes
04-12-2012, 05:24 PM
Great list, izzie!

Just to throw a few other Kurt pro programs into the mix:

All Alone (Joe Satriani) - 1994 Canadian Stars on Ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWWb7O1zhcQ

Slippery Side Up - 2003 Stars on Ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI_NVbaNYvU

Don't Fence Me In - 2000 Stars on Ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEM5mZeI4ks

Passion (The Feeling Begins) - 2004 World Team Challenge (sorry for the commercials, it's not on YouTube)
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjc3MDgzMTYw.html

Masks and Morning Dance - 1998 World Pros
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlDjWmSMtSw

Peace Frog (The Doors) - 2005 Ice Wars
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6eVo9hkl_M

Downstream (Supertramp) - 2010-11 Stars on Ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ear0K2kRP_U

briancoogaert
04-12-2012, 07:58 PM
I'll start with Lu Chen:
I totally agree that she was versatile during her competitive career. Although I don't find her particularly musical. And as a pro, I think she was not very interesting ! So, I guess her choreographers were really good.

Vash01
04-12-2012, 08:19 PM
(In addition to those already mentioned)

I can't post any links because I am at work, but the following came to my mind:

Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: Extremely versatile pair. They could skate to music like Concert for Coloratura (LP), Citylights(LP), Meadowland (SP), Swan Lake (SP), Happy Valley (SP), Barcelona (ex), Red poppy (pro), The kid/Chaplin (ex/pro).

Kristi Yamaguchi as a pro: She could skate so many different styles of music and programs (Beethoven, Romeo & Juliet, Bridge over troubled water, doop doop, etc.)

Ilia Kulik: He experimented a lot as a pro and came up with lots of creative programs to unusual music (e.g. The hat, green tomatoes), but he could also skate to Lieberstraum and the Nutcracker.

Robin Cousins: As a pro he was one of the most creative skaters. He could skate a program like Satan takes a holiday, and also a program with just prose (no music).

Viktor Petrenko: As a pro he skated to many different kinds of music. Some of them were fun (Business of love, the doll program), although I did not care for some others. I feel his style was more suited for classical music, but he could skate to other kinds of music too.

nashvilledancer
04-13-2012, 03:04 AM
Don't forget Abbott. How differently he responds to different music is a big part of what I love about him. This year's programs are a case in point, but he tried something stylistically different pretty much in every program in every years since he became Senior. We had classical ( and within classical music, there was classical period ( Mozart), Romantic (Saint-Saens), 20th century (Waltz program from 2008) and even semi- fake Baroque ( Albinoni); there was jazz, swing, two very different types of Tango/ Flamenco , Rock (Santana) an very different Progressive Rock with the Muse... a couple of movie sountracks ( "Life is Beautiful" and "American Beauty")
Jeremy truly refuses to compromise on his music choices.

To add to dinakt's list, Jeremy's recent exhibitions have ranged from Plain White Ts "Rhythm of Love" (AKA "The Hat Number"), Adele's "Hometown Glory", Buble (At This Moment), to Bedingfield (Gotta Get Through This). And for his competitve programs, add the Beatles (Day in the Life). He even skated to Aranjuez--Monty Alexander's jazz version.

Kurt is untouchable in his range as a professional, but I'd say Jeremy can give ANY amateur male skater a run for his money.

Moka-Ananas
04-13-2012, 03:57 AM
Alexander Abt comes to mind. He has skated to so many different musical styles...classical, folk, Flamenco, soundtracks...

Yagudinah
04-13-2012, 09:52 AM
Yagudin!
Master of the dramatic and the heroic:

Dramatic:
“Revolutionary Etude" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og59QN4L_ko
Lawrence of Arabia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JreQby8Kbug&feature=relmfu
Tosca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIWOOmcMemE

Heroic:
Man in the iron mask:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVYs2M_rIm0&feature=related
Gladiator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m3MxWelmmE

But in command of many other styles:

The circus piece: playful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRu4vWzfhY&feature=related

Overcome: …. No words for it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gMimBlGdPA

Winter: more subtle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grLOpxcJt4s&feature=related

Racing: modern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q70BbgHUIQ

Passion:enigmatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvxx80AE8bE

Sway:entertaining http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4-unmFM8GQ

Bumbarash: folk/traditional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTtJmnKwfCM

Libertango:latin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_8VLGuFkqo

Burn my shadow: artymodern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkM4kqDb6iA

In pairs:

Rough: The last survivor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTtJmnKwfCM

Modern classic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3_xIFFLQg&feature=related

Just acting cute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3_xIFFLQg&feature=related

If only I had chosen a different name, it wouldn't smell of favouritism :)

PashaFan
04-13-2012, 11:17 AM
Michelle Kwan :D. She had the ability to pull of lyrical music, music that was power driven, dramatic music, contemporary music, and even music that was just kind of odd.

Everyone knows these so I won't bother with too many links.:)

Lyra Angelica (lyrical)
Salome, Dream of Desdemona (dramatic/telling a story)
Tosca, Feeling Begins (powerful)
East of Eden (a combination of lyrical and powerful)
Bad Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBkyefRRvO4), A Day in the Life (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXmDI1ZHMJk&feature=relmfu) (contemporary)
Sceherazade, Black Swan (ballet)
Red Violin (very different; cross b/w powerful and haunting - by far the most unique program she ever had...no one since has come close to pulling off this music)

As for Michelle's exhibitions, a lot of them were quiet, introspective or emotional:

Dante's Prayer
Winter (Tori Amos "Winter", not "Winter Song")
Fields of Gold
You Raise Me Up

Those were my favorites:swoon:...but she also had some ballads:

One More Time
Beautiful World
Kissing You
This Time Around (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZNB6lyDPk) (power ballad - much bigger vocals; harder to pull off without getting run over by the music. I love Yu-Na to bits but her "Gold" exhibition, a power ballad by the same singer (Linda Eder) falls short of hitting the mark...the music was bigger than the performance.)

And a few contemporary/popular music ones:

The World is Not Enough
Fallin
This Used to be My Playground


Michelle never had a problem pulling off music. She's one of the few who could take any piece, adjust her style to it and then make it shine.:encore::respec:

If I could only watch one more skating programe it would be Michelle Kwan skating to Dante's Prayer :)

VarBar
04-13-2012, 12:39 PM
Yagudin!
Master of the dramatic and the heroic:

Dramatic:
“Revolutionary Etude" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og59QN4L_ko
Lawrence of Arabia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JreQby8Kbug&feature=relmfu
Tosca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIWOOmcMemE

Heroic:
Man in the iron mask:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVYs2M_rIm0&feature=related
Gladiator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m3MxWelmmE

But in command of many other styles:

The circus piece: playful
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRu4vWzfhY&feature=related

Overcome: …. No words for it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gMimBlGdPA

Winter: more subtle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grLOpxcJt4s&feature=related

Racing: modern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q70BbgHUIQ

Passion:enigmatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvxx80AE8bE

Sway:entertaining http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4-unmFM8GQ

Bumbarash: folk/traditional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTtJmnKwfCM

Libertango:latin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_8VLGuFkqo

Burn my shadow: artymodern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkM4kqDb6iA

In pairs:

Rough: The last survivor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTtJmnKwfCM

Modern classic:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3_xIFFLQg&feature=related

Just acting cute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3_xIFFLQg&feature=related

If only I had chosen a different name, it wouldn't smell of favouritism :)

Yagudin is one of the very few skaters who can bring true acting on the ice playing a wide variety of characters as convincingly. A great talent IMO.:)

kwanatic
04-13-2012, 04:48 PM
If I could only watch one more skating programe it would be Michelle Kwan skating to Dante's Prayer :)

Ditto. That's my favorite one. :saint:

vodkashot
04-13-2012, 09:59 PM
Daisuke Takahashi: Tangos, Mambo, Hip-Hop, Classical warhorses (Romeo and Juliet, Phantom of the Opera), character pieces (La Strada), modern (In the Garden of Souls), Blues... and he rocked all of them! :swoon:

Stephane Lambiel has really improved and gotten much more versatile as the years go on. He is a fab show skater. Just look at Ne Me Quitte Pas, his Flamenco long from 2007, his Wilhelm Tell short, his Ray Charles exhibition, etc. All very different.

ITA for Takahashi and Lambiel! I think Jeffrey Buttle was quite versatile too: he did classical (Samson and Delilah, Rachmaninoff, Glen Gould tribute, etc), jazz (Sing, Sing, Sing, Take Five), as well as rather unique pieces such as Ararat and Naqoyqatsi. And that's not counting his exhibitions either.......

Vash01
04-13-2012, 10:42 PM
Ilia Kulik's baseball cap program:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tileKDK4eg&feature=fvst

His Liebestraum:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnfn1LBVB-A

Rock it (from SOI):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8quRa2YB6Z8&feature=related

Nutcracker (2003):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-hQp1zd00Y

My favorite - Grieg's piano concerto in A minor

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

Who wants to live forever

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ilia+kulik+who+wants+to+live+ forever&oq=Ilia+Kulik+who+want&aq=0p&aqi=p-p1&aql=&gs_nf=1&gs_l=youtube-psuggest-reduced.1.0.35i39.26830.31166.0.33065.19.19.0.0.0. 0.245.2022.12j6j1.19.0.

Another favorite of mine (A house is not a home):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IACsAb5chTs&feature=relmfu

Blues for Narada:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57J2IyV6oy4&feature=relmfu

Katarzyna
04-14-2012, 09:23 AM
Alexander Abt comes to mind. He has skated to so many different musical styles...classical, folk, Flamenco, soundtracks...

Sasha definitely belongs to this category of skaters – add Tango, Reggae, Chanson to this list. Here is an exhibition number where he switches style within 5 minutes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t87lhd9t8U&feature=related

And he seemed to be quite versatile when he was till pretty young, despite the boys developing musicality usually a bit later than the girls. :)

Katarzyna
04-14-2012, 09:32 AM
Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze: Extremely versatile pair. They could skate to music like Concert for Coloratura (LP), Citylights(LP), Meadowland (SP), Swan Lake (SP), Happy Valley (SP), Barcelona (ex), Red poppy (pro), The kid/Chaplin (ex/pro).
YES! I’m currently making a collection of my all-time favourite programmes in each discipline (= classical off-season task :D) and when I downloaded their programmes one of the first things that came to my mind is how versatile they are. Here are some of their programmes with very different styles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXaxmjBg3lc&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4S7c9s56A4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvDz4WXLGCk&feature=related

Had the pleasure to see the last one live at some show. It was awesome! :inavoid:

Another Russian skater that comes to my mind is Ilia Klimkin - will post videos later on! :)

Fashionista
04-14-2012, 11:35 AM
Kwan and B/S could skate to different music styles and themes but their programs and interpretations always looked the same to me. Chaplin program stood out for B/S however. Or should I say it stood out for Anton as long as Elena was the same as always.