“Music for Ballet Class 3” by Ayumi Hirusaki contains 27 tracks (including repeats) for barre and 14 for center. The center tracks do not repeat. This disc features a mix of improvisations by Hirusaki, widely-known ballet tunes, and other classical and popular music. Hirusaki’s compositions are lovely; and I would have liked to hear more tracks by her over a few of the show tunes on this CD.
Barre includes a good mix of meters and speeds, all with clear tempos. Composers here include Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, and Bach. The center portion of the CD contains tracks for tendu, adage, two pirouettes, plenty of allegro and pointe selections, a grande allegro/grande valse, coda, and reverence. Music by Joplin, Prokofiev, Minkus, and Hamlish is played with skill and clarity by Hirusaki. Teachers of intermediate and advanced classes will appreciate and make good use of “Music for Ballet Class 3.”