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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Op.20 (Complete) [CD]

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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000001GYA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Introduction 2:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.1 Scène (Allegro giusto) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.2 Valse (Corps de Ballet) 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.3 Scène (Allegro moderato) 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4a Pas de trois: Intrada (Allegro) 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4b Pas de trois: Andante sostenuto 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4c Pas de trois: Allegro semplice 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4d Pas de trois: Moderato 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4e Pas de trois: Allegro 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.4f Pas de trois: Coda (Allegro vivace) 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.5 Pas de deux: a) Intrada-Valse - b) Andante 7:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.5c Pas de deux: Valse 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.5d Pas de deux: Coda (Allegro molto vivace) 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No. 6 Pas d'action und No. 7 Sujet 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.8 Danse des coupes (Tempo di polacca) 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 1 - No.9 Finale (Andante) 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.10 Scène (Moderato) 2:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.11 Scène (Allegro moderato) 5:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.12 Scène (Allegro) 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13a Danse des cygnes: Valse 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13b Danse des cygnes: Odette solo/Première danse de la reine des cygnes (Moderato assai) 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13c Danse des cygnes: Valse 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13d Danse des petits cygnes (Allegro moderato) 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13e Danse des cygnes: Pas d'action: Odette et le prince/Deuxième danse de la reine des cygnes (Andante) 7:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13f Danse des cygnes: Danse générale (Valse) 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.13g Danse des cygnes: Coda (Allegro vivace) 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2 - No.14 Scène (Moderato) 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.15 Danse de fançailles (Allegro giusto) 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.16 Danses du corps de ballet et des nains (Moderato assai) 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.17 Scène: Entrée des invités (Fanfares) et la valse (Allegro) 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.18 Scène (Allegro) 1:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - Pas de six: Intrada (moderato assai) 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - Pas de six: Var. I (Allegro) und Var.II (Andante c.m.) 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - Pas de six: Var. III (Moderato) und Var.IV (Allegro) 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - Pas de six: Var. V (Moderato) und Coda (Allegro molto) 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.20 Danse hongroise (Czárdás) 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - Danse russe (Moderato) 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.21 Danse espagnole (Allegro non troppo. Tempo di bolero) 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.22 Danse napolitaine 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.23 Mazurka 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 3 - No.24 Scène (Allegro - Valse - Allegro vivo) 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 4 - No. 25 Entr'acte und No. 26 Scène 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 4 - No.27 Danses des petits cygnes (Moderato) 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 4 - No.28 Scène (Allegro agitato) 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 4 - No.29 Scène finale (Andante) 5:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


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DGG 4530552; DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON - Germania; Classica balletti

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Swan Lake was the first of Tchaikovsky's three great ballets-- works which added a new level of depth and sophistication to what had been a purely superficial art form. Today the music is so well-known and popular that it's impossible to comprehend the difficulties the composer experienced at early performances. Audiences found the music "too symphonic," and the dancers were put off by the prominence given to the orchestra which, they felt, distracted ballet fans from the action on stage. Of course, all of these supposed "defects" are precisely what we admire about the music today, and this elegant but exciting performance reveals the music in all of its glory. --David Hurwitz

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value for money 24 April 2003
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This CD is a steal. For the price of a typical album it contains approximately 2 1/2 hours of one of the great classical ballets.
I first heard parts of Swan Lake on a Tchikovsy compilation CD, and quickly come to love it. For a long time I was unsure as to whether I should buy the whole ballet, but at the price decided this was worth the risk.
As it happens, the whole of the ballet is superb, and it is now one of my most listened to CDs. The performance is excellent - far better than that on previous compilations - and the sound quality is good. The booklet contains an interesting synopsis of the background to Tchikovsky's writing of the ballet, and a summary of the plot - particularly useful when you've never seen it!
All in all I cannot reccomend this double CD more highly. It is an excellent piece of music, and superb value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swan Lake - deservedly complete 27 Dec 2013
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Swan Lake excerpts are often among the first examples of Romantic classical music we learn to appreciate. (Ditto, "The Nutcracker", if only channelled through the amusing but ridiculous antics of Walt Disney's "Fantasia".)
The highlights are genuinely high.
But there is more to Tchaikovsky than highlights.
The fact that it takes TWO CDs to record the whole of Swan Lake makes clear how much we are missing when we only listen to excerpts.
Very highly recommended.
Any one who likes the greatest of Tchaikovsky's symphonies (specifically the 4th, 5th and 6th) ought to become familiar with them all. Then the ballets, either, as suites or highlights, and the concertos. And then the ballets, as complete works.
The chamber music, solo piano, will quickly fill the gaps, leaving only the operas to be explored.
Why experience thimblefuls (albeit, of some of the best music ever) when you can take the whole draught the composer intended?
John Gough - Deakin University, retired - jagough49@gmail.com
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars overlapping tracks! 29 April 2009
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Most if not all of the tracks on disc 1 run into each other! The beginning and end notes of each movement literally overlapped, spoiling both. Very frustrating to listen to (couldn't bear to try disc 2). The poor spacing, with no silences between tracks, ruins an otherwise fine recording.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Average Recording - Beautiful Performance 17 Mar 2000
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The other reviewer is right - this is not a really great technical recording. Typical 1970's Deutsche Grammophon 24 track sea of mud. But, if you listen past the recording, this is the most expressive, best paced, Swan Lake available. I have heard and own many different versions on CD and LP. Indeed, when I bought my first CD player in 1985 (when the first affordable ones became available) I began a personal 12 year search for the Ozawa / BSO version of Swan Lake. This was simply beacuse I loved my three-LP copy of it so much. When DG finally released it in 1997 I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it sitting in the bins. If you want to hear the prettiest version of Swan Lake available, buy this disk.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay performance-bad recording! 7 Sep 1999
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Swan Lake is one of the best works from Tchaikovsky. Frankly, this piece deserves more grandeur than what the Boston Symphony Orchestra gives it. The sound quality muffles the entire brass section, especially the low brass (even though the Boston Symphony low brass section is nothing to brag about anyway). You can tell what Ozawa is trying to do with this piece, but it does not work out as an outstanding performance. However, the string section is superb! It is an overall decent performance, but the recording quality almost makes a joke out of this magnificent work.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS NOT A MUDDY RECORDING! 24 Jan 2001
By C. McGovern - Published on Amazon.com
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I just got this recording. Unfortunately I don't have another version of SL to compare to it, and I've only ever heard the complete score twice before in my life on radio and television, and up until now I've only had fragments of the ballet score in various "suites" available on several LP's (in which some cases moments like the A Major Waltz from Act One and the Act 4 Finale are edited in various degrees), but for the price I paid on this collection, it was a steal! A powerful performance from Ozawa and the Boston Symphony, and I don't understand why people criticize the sound quality--It's a 1978 analog recording transferred to digital, and it's not at all "muddy" or weak like everybody says. I think its clarity and power rivals even certain digital recordings (in general, perhaps not necessarily ones of SL). It's such a lively piece of music (which is typical of Tchaikovsky anyway!), you don't even need to see the ballet--The music tells you the story. My only bone of contention is that on this recording the "arrival of guests" scene in Act 3 and the En'tracte and opening scene of Act 4 are abridged--Why this was done and whether it appeared this way on the original release of the Ozawa recording I don't know, but because the first CD is 71 mins. and the 2nd one is 78, I cringe knowing they could have shifted the White Swan dance over to disc one and made room for the edited music on disc two. But this is spilt milk--It's a great recording of a masterpiece. Even though it's become sort of a cliche because of its standard status as a dance piece, it never loses its visceral power.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MISSING BARS FROM FIRST CD ISSUE RESTORED HERE! 15 Sep 2004
By Bertram christmas - Published on Amazon.com
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If you stumble upon the original DG CD issue (415367-2), it will be slightly edited. About four minutes of repeated and previously herad bars will be absent. Back in the 1980's when first issued on CD, the technologhy was just not there to present the performance entirely complete on 2 CD's, as heard on its original 3 LP issue (DG 2709 099). This re-issue (DG 453055-2) has restored all the missing bars. This remains the most exciting complete "Swan Lake" out there. The only complete "Swan Lakes" which are more exciting than this, are the live Ozawa/Boston performances, dating just a week or two before this recording was made by DG; and those live performances are locked in The Boston Symphony Orchestra archives!!

Update: I just noticed (quite some time later) that the pamphlet which comes with this re-issued 453055-2 edition did not get an exactly perfect revision. The restored bars are all on CD # 2, tracks 7, 19, and 20 respectively. The longer playing timings have been updated, but DG missed a couple of details on the text portion. Each number of the score is described in detail, track by track. In the original 415367-2 CD booklet, it is notated in small print after tracks 7, 19, 20 on CD # 2, "abridged." In the 453055-2 booklet, it still says "abridged" in the same areas of the text, although they are now thoroughly complete and restored. Most likely someone didn't proof read thoroughly.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Dancers! 28 Aug 2001
By Peter Deacon - Published on Amazon.com
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Leading conductors and orchestras seldom perform ballet music in concert with ballet companies. They play the music strictly for listening audiences, and in this work Ozawa is no exception. He and the Boston Symphony Orchestra do an expectedly fine job of this Swan Lake but it could never be used to accompany live dancers. The work, written as it was for ballet would require the close collaboration of conductor and choreographer/artistic director. Many 'Barons of the Baton' would not be comfortable with this, perhaps perceiving themselves as leading an overgrown pit orchestra. It's a long, tough work to dance and some of Ozawa's up-tempo interpretations could cause severe distress, perhaps with more than one dying swan.
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