Having listened to the CD version of Jerry Wickam's ballet, I can say that it has made me want to see the ballet all the more. Well, actually, I did get to see a ballet of sorts. I put it on to play, and all 5 of my children ages 1-6 started dancing shortly after the music started! Well, OK, the two 1 year olds can't dance, but they were both chewing on the speakers which I can assure you is their highest compliment! It would seem that this segment of his target audience was quite pleased. Should Jerry ever happen by Albuquerque, I can say for certain that he has a fan club here as his CD is most certainly getting a lot of airplay in our home.
What struck me, not having seen the ballet, is that the music conveys a strong sense of emotion even in the absence of the visual images. It was not hard to picture the scenes described by the titles/descriptions. As someone who loves and aspires to writing music that supports images (film and theater in particular) this recording has been helpful as I think he succeeds quite well in that regard. Jerry has commented on the mistakes that were left in as he had done this some years ago, but I found nothing that affected the spirit of the music in the least. I did notice at first that the mix was much more up front than I would normally do, but then it occurred to me that this was mixed to be played back in a performance space, which would provide I'm sure enough ambience and sound much more natural.
One thing that would be of particular interest to me is to get an idea of the working method involved when putting together a ballet. In film and theater (unless it is a musical) the music is usually one of the last things to go down. With ballet, it would be easy to imagine that the choreographer works to music? Just how does this work?
Anyway, thanks to Jerry for making this available, perhaps someday things will work out such that the DVD may become generally available for purchase.