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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites [CD]

Berliner Philharmoniker Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (14 Oct 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001GX7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 1. Scene - Swan ThemeBerliner Philharmoniker 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 2. Valse In ABerliner Philharmoniker 6:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 3. Danse des petits cygnesBerliner Philharmoniker 1:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 4. SceneBerliner Philharmoniker 6:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 5. Danse Hongroise (Czardas)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite - 6. Scène finale.Berliner Philharmoniker 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Introduction - The Lilac FairyBerliner Philharmoniker 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Pas d'action: Rose AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Pas de caractère: Puss In BootsBerliner Philharmoniker 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - Panorama (andantino)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a - ValseBerliner Philharmoniker 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - 1. Miniature OvertureBerliner Philharmoniker 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - MarchBerliner Philharmoniker 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Dance Of The Sugar-Plum FairyBerliner Philharmoniker 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Russian Dance (Trepak)Berliner Philharmoniker 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Arabian Dance (Coffee)Berliner Philharmoniker 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Chinese Dance (Tea)Berliner Philharmoniker 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - Dance Of The Reed-Pipes (Merlitons)Berliner Philharmoniker 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a - 3. Waltz Of The FlowersBerliner Philharmoniker 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 

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CD -Berliner Philharmonic/Rostropovich

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detail you just dont hear elsewhere! 11 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One might have thought that the Ballet suites have been recorded too many times, for anyone to get excited about 'another' recording! In truth these are fabulous performances, with inner detail that I have to say I haven't heard in any other recordings! At an incredibly low price, I urge anyone thinking of buying a recording of the suites to look no further.
A superb cellist and wonderful conductor, golly how we will miss him!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 28 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic music, superb performances and excellent sound. The govt should issue every music department in every school in the country with a free copy of this CD (along with another DG Originals classic - the Karajan/BPO disc of La Mer/Pictures at an Exhibition/Bolero, and lots of Sibelius & Shostakovich) in order to demonstrate to kids how exciting classical music can be.

Tchaikovsky's ballet suites are endlessly inventive musically and are packed with great melodic ideas, fantastic orchestration and, well, wonderfull tunes. Personally, I much prefer the composer in this kind of exuberant mood than in his supposedly more serious symphonic works.

It's a pity that the Rostropovich/BPO combo never recorded the full scores of any of these works, because after hearing the three suites on this CD you'll want to hear Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker in full.

Incidentally, by DG Originals standards this is not a particularly old recording - it's from 1978. Accordingly the sound quality is first rate and much better than most current digital recordings.

An iconic CD that you should not be without (even if, like me, you were once idiotic enough to sneer at Tchaikovsky. D'oh!).

Anyway, if you want a CD of Tchaikovsky's ballet suites (and why on earth wouldn't you?) then this is simply in a class of its own.
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Tchaikovsky disc 23 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
Outstanding versions of Tchaikovsky’s three popular ballet suites. The Berlin Philharmonic is in glowing form and Mstislav Rostropovich on the rostrum sounds inspired as none else. Warmly and dynamically recorded, with plenty of orchestral detail, this thrilling disc may stand as a criterion from the analogue era.
If you only need the suites, or if you think this music no longer holds any surprises for you, this is the CD to go for. Highly recommended.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning. 18 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was looking for the best version I could find of these beautiful, timeless pieces, and found it!
An aspiring ballerina as a little girl, and avid theatre goer over the years, I had come to love and treasure these famous compositions, like everyone does. But, being of a professional, musical family background, I have a very good ear and can pick out the slightest tweak, which leaves me frustrated. More often that not, I find most recordings lacking in lustre. Precision, quality and interpretation being weak, poor and flat. But not here, it's the Berlin Philharmonic for one. Their performances are always remarkable. Internationally outstanding and renowned for it. Two, they are conducted by Rostropovich! Regarded as exceptionally demanding of his players, never settling for less than optimum. A chemistry nothing less than magical. And although the recording is 30 years old (1979), it has been optimised using the "Original Image Bit Processing" technique. The music is alive, brilliant and very natural. And everytime I listen to it (nearly everyday since it arrived!), I am afforded great joy, hearing further detail and roundness. A musical journey of exceptional quality and delight!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The very best 13 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to get excited about this music, most of it played to death on Classic FM. However, the quality of the performances and the recordings are so exemplary I could enjoy these all over again.

Buy these even if you have the music already. You really owe your collection this CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Feb 2012
By Pauline
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant CD, to my mind the very best orchestra, brilliantly played!!! What more can I say, we used to have this on vinyl years ago, and I am so pleased to have it now on CD.
The delivery service was very fast and I would highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Variances in volume. 3 Mar 2013
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Not sure what the problem is that some people are perceiving here. The volumes reflects the sound levels you can expect at a live concert where volumes are not "normalized" or adjusted so that all are at the same level. They are dynamic with great crescendos rising from a quiet and peaceful passage of the music and this recording accurately recreate a live concert. A full orchestra is a very powerful sound source; a single instrument less so. I think this is a beautiful recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic restored 30 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Every so often, there comes a disc which makes you hear familiar music with new ears. Most performances of these suites sound routine: neither the orchestra nor the conductor can be bothered to do much but go through the motions and trust that the recording engineers will somehow make the issue worthwhile. Anyone who thinks they never want to listen to Tchaikowsky again should try this: what exciting and original orchestration, what a cornucopia of melody. Rostropovich is never quirky or self-indulgent, he simply finds a lot of musical richness here which has somehow often been missed or smudged. The music sounds fresh, engaging, in many ways progressive: not a word you normally reach for when talking about Tchaikowsky.It's the kind of attention to detail Mozart often enjoys but rarely these warhorses. A wonderful experience. And the disc's also ridiculously cheap!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Tchaikovsky performances
The other favourable comments have pretty much said it all. As a CD of the suites from the ballets this is simply hard to beat for passion, precision, intensely beautiful playing... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Bill Glen
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
The grandchildren are now into classics and ballet. This disc performance is better I think than others I have listened to with sense and power to the music. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazonian Follower
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-dramatic Ballet music.
One of the intrinsic problems with recording ballet music is that it tends to be fitted to musical performance without regard to the demands of the dancers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geoffrey Bennetts
5.0 out of 5 stars Top ballet music
Excellent quality recording , all the best bits of the top ballets, deutsche grammafone top recording. Good intro to these pieces.
Published 3 months ago by Mr M Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality concert performances of these three suites
This disc, well recorded in 1978, provides an excellent selection from the three Tchaikovsky ballets. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I. Giles
4.0 out of 5 stars Rostropovich's fine Tchaikovsky ballet suite offering, with a few...
It's rare to have a single-conductor disc of the Tchaikovsky ballet suites where the three suites were recorded at about the same time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Yi-Peng
3.0 out of 5 stars CD OK Download incomplete
The CD is of good quality, but however and whatever I try, I can download only 9 of the tracks, so I have to downgrade it for this reason
Published 6 months ago by Johnm
4.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Ballet suites
Bought for my wife in memory of our son who enjoyed playing it while studying for his "A" levels exams..
Published 7 months ago by Ambler
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky Balley Suites.
Great excerpts from the full Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky.
A wonderful gift for somebody who likes both Ballet and
Tchaikovsky as a taster for the ech of the full pieces... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mike Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a mini ballerina
Purchased for my seven year old to dance around the house to - or listen to in the car. Three Tchaikovsky ballets on one disc (edited versions of course) - fab.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Lucy King
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