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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20
 
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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20

2 Nov 2007 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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3:36
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Product details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:46:21
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  • ASIN: B001M2GSXS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,440 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dolly on 3 Nov 2007
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If, like me, you've despaired when landing yet another `manuscript' version of Tchaikovsky's magnificent score - lovely, but longwinded - then don't. A sticker on the front proclaims `Complete Score', but as we're going to see, that's not strictly true.

Finally, FINALLY, someone has had the sense to record the `official' version, as we hear/see Swan Lake live, on stage, complete with delicious interpolations: piano pieces orchestrated to create Odile's sparkling solo, that beguiling Swan Valse from the final act (`Valse Bluette'), and the romantic reconciliation theme for Odette and her Prince. Whole chunks have been moved around to create the version we know and love (famously the Act 1 'Pas de Deux', becomes the `Black Swan Pas de Deux' in Act 3, for example).

Favourites, such as the `Czardas', is well-judged. There are lots of cuts, but as most, if not all, the full-length versions out there, are the exhaustive accounts, it's not a problem. (Previn's rousing 'Scene Finale', for instance, has to be heard to be believed. I go cold every time I hear it). So why not have both?

I have spent *decades* trying to track down just such a recording as this (Gergiev: excellent. Well, he would be - he's conducted this very ballet for some of the finest dancers in the world). 'Til now, I've had to make do with tantalising excerpts (Bonynge), or crackly snippets of those enticing `missing bits' on old LP's. I even had my poor brother rig up my old tape deck to the vcr to record such a score from a ballet video(!) - yes, it was that long ago, and I was that desperate! When I saw the track listing for this particular recording, my eyes came out like marbles!

If anyone is acquainted with Mr Gergiev, give him a hug, please. And tell him "Bravo!
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Gergiev's three Decca/Philips Tchaikovsky ballet recordings were not exactly conceived as a series to be done within the same time. So each Tchaikovsky ballet recording captures him at a different point in his career. Of these three recordings this Swan Lake recording is the least successful. I admit that I was not happy with Gergiev's stop-start conducting style in this recording and the congested sound quality of the Maryinsky hall where they recorded this score. I admit also that I did not feel too happy with the use of the reconfigured 1895 Maryinsky score with Drigo's emendations and orchestrations of other Tchaikovsky pieces. I am aware that the reconfigured Maryinsky score of Swan Lake allowed the ballet to be better known, even though these changes were posthumous. However it destroys the coherent plan of Tchaikovsky's original 1877 score, even with the interpolations. It occasionally makes me wish that Gergiev had done both the original score and the Maryinsky score in one package as he did with his recording of Boris Godunov.

Gergiev's version starts off well enough with a well-sculpted introduction and courtyard scene. From the villagers' waltz things start to go rocky. In some of the specialist dances and poetic passages of the score Gergiev's tempi tend to lack suppleness and delicacy. One of the notable examples is the White Swan violin-cello duet for Siegfried and Odette. Notwithstanding the inappropriate harp cadenza, I confess to have felt bothered by the heavy tone of the violinist and the leaden, plodding tempi. In this scene I note that there is no air and space around the instruments, and as such it lacks delicacy. Previn, Dorati and Dutoit capture the delicate, flowing and poetic mood of this scene better.
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By Lucas on 22 April 2013
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This is doubtlessly the best verso of the ballet. Perfectly choice of Valery Gergiev, that somehow gave even more depth to the music of Tchaikovsky.
I have no idea what I am saying, but I love this album.
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This recording matches Petipas choreography and the tempo is perfect for dancing to as it is recorded during a live performance.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Gonczar on 9 Sep 2011
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When criticized by his Russian nationalist colleagues of the Mighty Five for composing "Western music", Pyotr Ilyich used to rage "I'm Russian, Russian, Russian!" We know he was right. Some also know that Tchaikovsky was a well-read member of the Russian nobility. That's why my preference in Tchaikovsky's recorded music is a Russian orchestra and a Russian conductor. Gergiev is Ossetian and in my honest opinion doesn't have a clue about conducting neither Tchaikovsky nor Shostakovich. Mr Gergiev might sound great to the Western world that is not familiar with Soviet/Russian renditions of the same works. Also, this Decca recording (2006) could be much better than it is now. Recording facilities by Emil Berliner Studios? Editing facilities by Classic Sound Limited on behalf of Emil Berliner Studios? The Decca Music Group Limited was in charge of the introductory note and translations. And, of course, the release of the CD-set, whose booklet editor was Mark Pappenheim for WLP Ltd. You know what? Too many cooks can ruin the platter. Furthermore, a modern Russian orchestra cannot compare with a king-size Soviet orchestra. That's why my favourite performance of The Swan Lake is a Melodiya recording of 1988 by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of a great Tchaikovskian conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov. Some people will complain about the Melodiya recording quality, but don't you all have a graphic equalizer? Some of you/us may have a reverberation amplifier. Use them! There will be no complains about the Melodiya recording then. While writing this disappointing review I'm listening to Gergiev's farce, or should I call it "pleasing" reading for the uninitiated, electrified classical listener. A connoisseur cannot be satisfied with this DDD release.Read more ›
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