Olympics: music for figure skating
In today's Washington Post: Olympic figure skating and classical music, by Anne Midgette.
Thanks to YouTube, you can watch all these programs at home before the Olympic competition even starts.
Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Canada) skate to the Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth.
Former world champion Miki Ando (Japan) skates her short program to Mozart's Requiem -- without words, to conform to figure skating regulations.
(Ice dancers, however, are allowed to use music with words; Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto are skating to an "Ave Maria" by Caccini, sung by Sumi Jo, and the "Amen" from Rossini's "Stabat Mater." The announcers keep referring to these as if there were no other pieces in the world called "Ave Maria" and "Amen.")
Jeremy Abbott skates to Saint-Saëns' Third Symphony to win the U.S. championships.
Ryan Bradley (who narrowly missed the cut for the Olympics) skates to something variously described as "Baroque chamber music" and "Amadeus - a Mozart medley," and is actually both.
February 14, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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