I reviewed Volume 1 of Modern Ballet Studio Melodies recently on the site and gave it a big 'thumbs up'. This CD, Modern Ballet Studio Melodies Volume 2 is another good choice if you are hoping for ballet class music that is different from the typical fare.
Again breaking out of the traidion box, Christopher Hobson puts out renditions of familiar songs such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning", "The Swan", from Carnival of the Animals, "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin" and even the "Mexican Hat Dance"! Treat yourself to lovely arrangements of these favourites and spice up your ballet class a bit without taking things over the top.
Hobson is obviously a top-tier player and he also has experience arranging and playing classical piano music for the ballet class. This is an important factor, and the tunes here work well for both barre and centre exercises. The barre has 18 tracks to choose from, including staples such as plie, tendu, rond de jambe and grand battement, and the centre also offers a lovely adage as well as pirouettes, jumps and several allegros to choose from.
Catherine L. Tully on 4dancers.org, read the full review here