For the person who is perhaps not erudite in classical music, this is a lovely recording with a surprisingly high "hummability" factor. I first watched Swan Lake when I was a child, in a prior century, performed by the American Ballet Theatre with Gelsey Kirkland in the lead role. Fell in love with the ballet and the music. Now listening to a ballet is a different experience than watching it, and two CD disks is a long recording, but I find this very rewarding. It's frustrating to listen to the local classical station and hear a tiny snippet from "Swan Lake," such as "The Dance of the Little Swans." I would much rather listen to at least a full 30 minutes and get a better sense of the musical themes and changes. So, recommended, for ballet lovers and others.