on 1 December 2007
this is emphatically one of the best versions of the three ballet suites of tchaikovsky that exist. the playing is sumptuous, the conducting is exquisit and the recording is gorgeous.
listen to "the waltz of the flowers". the strings are lush. the dramatic scene finale of "swan lake" is heightened to a new level. the "rose adagio" of "sleeping beauty" finds new layers.
a very, very fine recording.
another exceptionally fine recording is the rostropovich, also featuring the berlin philharmonic on deutsche grammophon.