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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [CD]

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal , Charles Dutoit Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No.1 Scène (Allegro giusto)
2. No.2 Valse (Corps de Ballet)
3. No.3 Scène (Allegro moderato)
4. No.4 Pas de trois: a) Intrada (Allegro) - b) Andante sostenuto - c) Allegro semplice - d) Moderato - e) Allegro - f) Coda (Allegro vivace)
5. No.5 Pas de deux: a) Intrada-Valse - b) Andante - c) Valse - d) Coda (Allegro molto vivace) - Chantal Juillet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit
6. No.6 Pas d'action (Andantino quasi moderato - Allegro)
7. No.7 Sujet
8. No.8 Danse des coupes (Tempo di polacca)
9. No.9 Finale (Andante)
10. No.10 Scène (Moderato)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. No.15 Danse de fançailles (Allegro giusto)
2. No.16 Danses du corps de ballet et des nains (Moderato assai)
3. No.17 Scène: Entrée des invités (Fanfares) et la valse (Allegro)
4. No.18 Scène (Allegro)
5. No.19 Pas de six: Intrada (Moderato assai) - Variations I/V - Coda
6. Pas de deux: Introduction (Moderato) - Variations I & II - Coda - Chantal Juillet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit
7. No.20 Danse hongroise (Czárdás)
8. Danse russe (Moderato) - Chantal Juillet, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit
9. No.21 Danse espagnole (Allegro non troppo. Tempo di bolero)
10. No.22 Danse napolitaine
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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I am grateful that Decca released this Dutoit version of Swan Lake as a slimline mid-priced twin-disc set.

It is a pleasing, well-balanced digital recording. Dutoit's rendition of the score is elegant and dramatic by turns, giving the individual dances time to express themselves while pumping up the adrenaline for the dramatic, narrative moments. I also welcome the French elegance in Dutoit's conducting. It helps the score to tip its hat to the French ballet score models (i.e. Delibes ballets) that inspired this particular Tchaikovsky ballet score.

I know that ballet scores need conductors who can handle the exigencies of conducting ballet in the theatre (i.e. moderate tempi that allow the dancers to keep up.) Hence many collectors might favour Bonynge, the EMI recording of Previn and the LSO, Lanchbery and Ermler. However, Dutoit's relatively brisk speeds still allow the moods to express themselves and fit into the larger whole of the score. The extrovert numbers have flair and brio, and I can imagine Dutoit and his Montreal players giving it their all in the divertissement of national dances and the other showy numbers. The lyrical sections are well sculpted and gracefully played, with nicely judged climaxes, notably in the swan scene and the love music for Siegfried and Odette. The supple speeds are well-controlled with no mindless stretching of phrases. The instrumentalists are all excellent when handling their various solos.

I am pleased that this version presents Tchaikovsky's original score without the omissions and reconfigurations of the 1895 Maryinsky performing edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 23 May 2014
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Wonderful evocative recording. Close your eyes and transport yourself into the magical world which is created by the genius of Tchaikovsky. Charles Dutoit has recreated this experience for us all to appreciate. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Complete Swan Lake Music CD!! 14 May 2012
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Considering this is a cd this recording is superb.Shame they are hard to fine these days in LP. I was very skeptical getting it for my husband for his birthday but this is certainly worth every penny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bueno 22 Nov 2011
By alex
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
ha sido un regalo dos CD me gustan los dos, un compositor que me gustan en el librillo viene bastante información. gracias
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