Now, I've loved Stravinsky's music, ever since 10th grade music appreciation class when we learned that Le Sacre Du Printemps caused a riot at its first public performance. But I discovered to my surprise that all these years, I've been listening to the "Orchestral Suite", not the Ballet per se.
When I saw the Nutcracker at the Kremlin, I thought they rushed the Arabian dance and dragged the French. Was I applying the wrong standards, knowing only the Orchestral Suite[*]?
Now, I know I'm never going to find a Live recording with Nijinsky shouting out his 17-beat pattern over shrieking French ladies, but does a change to an Orchestral Suite involve merely an adjustment of the instrumentation, or are there more substantial changes of content? Missing "filler" moments, unmotivated fermatas, gross alterations of tempo?
[*] And a brief part as a soldier at age 10.