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    Favorite performances to Tchaikovsky's music

    This is definitely (still) the off season. I am all nostalgic about my favorite performances from the past. This time it's Tchaikovsky, who is one of the most popular composers in figure skating.

    Here are some of my favorite performances to his music (I will post the links later):

    Romeo & Juliet: G&G (Euro 90 LP), K&P (pro), Kulik (97 worlds LP, in spite of his mistakes), Yamaguchi-Galindo (89 US nationals LP, although second half was from the movie)

    K&P's Romeo & Juliet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roIjw...eature=related

    The Nutcracker: G&G (pro-Landover 2 years in a row), Bechke & Petrov (92 Oly LP), Kulik (pro- not the usual music though)

    Swan Lake: B&S 98 Euro SP, Sasha Cohen (Marshalls 2003?), Rudy Galindo (96 US Nationals LP), Maria Butyrskaya (worlds 2000 LP)
    B&S 1998 Euro SP:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJCGGBmCmf0

    Sleeping Beauty: Angela Nikodinov (2001 US Nationals LP)

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

    Valse Sentimentale: B&S LP (2000 SC, 2000 Euro)

    Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony: Klimova-Ponomarenko (pro 92, 93)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOHJDV1dcIk
    Last edited by Vash01; 09-30-2012 at 05:51 AM. Reason: Added yt link to K&P's skate to 5th symphony- one of the greatest programs ever.

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    I think S/Z's nutcracker is a classic as well.

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    I agree. S/Z's Nutcracker was superb!

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    Does Daisuke's Cyber-Swan short program count? If so, I'd add it to the list.

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    Definitely B&S 2000 LP Valse Sentimentale.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjTIf21db4o

    When I saw it for the first time, it was fabulous !

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    Peggy Fleming, 1968 US Nats FS (There was some Tchai 6 in that program.)
    Kay Thomson, 1984 Canadians FS (Swan Lake)
    Rosalynn Sumners, 1986 Worlds Pros TP (Swan Lake) and 1994 North American Open TP (Sleeping Beauty)
    Alexei Urmanov, 1995 Euros FS (Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, because there just isn't enough music in the former ballet for a four-and-a-half-minute program)
    Rudy Galindo, 1996 US Nats FS (Swan Lake)
    Sasha Cohen, 2003 Campbells FS (Swan Lake) and 2004 Campbells FS (Nutcracker)
    Shizuka Arakawa's 2004 Worlds Techno Swan SP
    Joannie Rochette, 2008 4CC SP (Piano Concerto No. 1)
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    Can we add Yuzuru Hanyu's SP ? White legend...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KPon1zhlLI

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    Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko 1991 Free Dance to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 aka Pathétique.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwcnuC20m6U

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    Quote Originally Posted by matti View Post
    Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko 1991 Free Dance to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 aka Pathétique.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwcnuC20m6U
    I love this music, and also his concerto no. 1. I wish more skaters would use it, instead of the usual ones (R&J, Swan Lake, Nutcracker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    Definitely B&S 2000 LP Valse Sentimentale.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjTIf21db4o

    When I saw it for the first time, it was fabulous !
    This is always bitter sweet for me. I loved this program. It was elegant, pure, and it flowed like a single thread from beginning to end. When I first saw it, I thought- they look even better than last year! At SA in Colorado, they struggled with fatigue and adjustment to another country. S&P won the competition with a clean skate. I had no problem with that result, but apparently that was enough for the politics to get started.

    B&S skated that program well enough at SC and at the Euros to win (one minor mistake each time). After the Euros, they seemed to be on track to win their third world title in a row. Unfortunately Elena's cold medicine disqualified them, and it was a struggle for them to get back to the top. They never really got back on top, the way the would have, if they had been allowed to compete at the 2000 worlds. From what I read, they were skating really well in practices. Their skate to this music at the 2001 GPF was good enough for a win but by that time the politics were in full force, as witnessed at the 2001 worlds.

    Without the DQ at 2000 worlds, B&S could have gone into the 2002 Olympics as 4x world champions and would have received the benefit of doubt.

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    I loved Klimova & Ponomarenko's Symphony No. 5, where she played the mirage of his dead wife

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    I loved Klimova & Ponomarenko's Symphony No. 5, where she played the mirage of his dead wife
    In my book this is the best ice dance ever, among pros. It was dramatic, creative, technically perfect, and deeply emotional. I never get tired of watching this.

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    Lambiel's Violin Concerto D-major

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    I loved Klimova & Ponomarenko's Symphony No. 5, where she played the mirage of his dead wife
    An amazing program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    I loved Klimova & Ponomarenko's Symphony No. 5, where she played the mirage of his dead wife
    This was its' first public performance:

    Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko 1992 Challenge of Champions
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOHJDV1dcIk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taso View Post
    I loved Klimova & Ponomarenko's Symphony No. 5, where she played the mirage of his dead wife
    I love this program too. Klimova was always so emotional, so passionate and their flow was superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nguyhm View Post
    I love this program too. Klimova was always so emotional, so passionate and their flow was superb.
    She was amazing, wasn't she? He was amazing as well. IMVHO, along with T&D and G&P they are ranked as one of the best ice dance teams of all time. Love their Symphony NO 5, Dracula, Romeo & Juliet and their other professional programs. My all time favorite K&P program was their 1992 FD-spectacular.


    As for the topic, I always have a soft spot in my heart for B&P's Nutcracker as performed at the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lulu View Post
    She was amazing, wasn't she? He was amazing as well. IMVHO, along with T&D and G&P they are ranked as one of the best ice dance teams of all time. Love their Symphony NO 5, Dracula, Romeo & Juliet and their other professional programs. My all time favorite K&P program was their 1992 FD-spectacular.


    As for the topic, I always have a soft spot in my heart for B&P's Nutcracker as performed at the Olympics.
    I loved it too. Elena overcame her nerves and delivered a clean performance.

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    Martiusheva and Rogonov did a very nice Nutcracker at Junior Worlds a few years ago. It was very much in character and really charming.
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    Liam Firus "Violin Concerto in D Major" last year for his SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IPhn87OfQ Seriously check this one out you won't regret it!

    Otherwise I agree with those who listed S/Z's Nutcracker.

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