It takes the genius of Tchaikovsky and the genius of Evgeny Svetlanov together with the brilliance of the USSR State Symphony Orchestra to turn this well known ballet score into a Symphonic Masterpiece. If you think you know this music then listen to this wonderful recording and think again. There are many passages, especially in Act Two, that soar with emotion and expression. It takes a brilliant conductor such as Svetlanov to interpret the light and shade of Tchaikovsky's score and, in doing so, to turn this popular ballet music into a Tchaikovsky Symphony of incredible beauty. An outstanding and surprisingly emotional listening experience.