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2.0 out of 5 stars Sleep-running Beauty on steroids, 17 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Neeme Järvi/ James Ehnes/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) (Chandos: CHSA 5113(2)) (Audio CD)
This is a well recorded and mostly well played Sleeping Beauty. It's ruined however by tempos which are far too quick which drain the music of emotion. Was Neeme Jarvi asked to play this recording quick so it would fit onto two discs?

I'll stick with the excellent 3 disc recording from the Kirov and Gergiev Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty - Gergiev who give this astounding music, some say Tchaikovsky's finest ballet score, its full picture.
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Initial post: 15 Jan 2013 13:57:59 GMT
Roasted Swan says:
In complete agreement - far too fast at key moments although the Bergen Orchestra play very well indeed. Some of the dramatic passages work well at speed but too often - as you say - the emotion is drained. 100% certain this is Jarvi's choice - his tendency for fast and generalised now becoming a characteristic sadly.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2014 13:15:44 GMT
Questor says:
I would agree with you on this Nick. I also tried Jarvi's other 2 Tchaikovsky ballets on Chandos SACDs. Very disapointed. Too fast to enjoy like he had a train to catch. No musicality there at all. Many better versions out there. This is the worst of all versions.
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