Various Artists

My Figure Skating Album

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A clever way to interest young people in classical music, My Figure Skating Album features well-known classical pieces that often provide the soundtrack to figure skaters' equally beautiful and complicated routines. The double-disc set includes Ravel's "Bolero," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," and Saint-Saëns' "Carnaval des Animaux: Aquarium" among its time-tested compositions, and also features pieces by Vivaldi, Verdi, Chopin, and Elgar. Softer, smoother pieces like Holst's "Planets: Venus, the Bringer of Peace" bring to mind the smooth, movements of skaters gliding on the ice, while faster, more rhythmic pieces like "The Typewriter" suggest their leaps, spins, and jumps. My Figure Skating Album has a selection of pieces that are basic enough for those just beginning to discover classical music to enjoy, and diverse enough that longtime classical music buffs will find much to revisit.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
1 3:34 Amazon
Boléro, ballet for orchestra
2 8:25 Amazon
3 1:20
Porgy and Bess, opera
4 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43
5 3:38 Amazon
6 3:23 Amazon
L' oiseau de feu (The Firebird), concert suite for orchestra No. 2
7 4:26 Amazon
8 3:14 Amazon
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2
9 6:09 Spotify
Carmen, opera
10 3:34
11 4:26
12 2:15 Spotify
13 2:50 Amazon
Frida, film score
14 2:59 Amazon
15 5:39 Amazon
Spanish Dances (2) (Morceaux charactéristiques), for piano, Op. 164, B. 36
16 4:59 Amazon
Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar & orchestra
17 10:51 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Carmina Burana, scenic cantata for soloists, choruses & orchestra
1 2:46
2 1:49 Amazon
Fiddler on the Roof, musical
3 3:51
Carnival of the Animals, zoological fantasy for 2 pianos & ensemble
4 2:39
5 3:54
Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera
6 5:03 Amazon
7 1:45 Amazon
Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & jazz band
8 3:00
An American in Paris, tone poem for orchestra
9 5:43 Amazon
10 3:01
Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47
11 5:31 Amazon
Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G minor ("L'estate," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 2), Op. 8/2, RV 315
12 2:53 Amazon
Aida, opera
13 1:40
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
14 11:32 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:56
Rigoletto, opera
16 3:08
The Planets, suite for orchestra & female chorus, Op. 32, H. 125
17 7:26 Amazon
18 6:50 Amazon
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