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  • Orchestra: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Major Classics
  • ASIN: B0078MTU18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,080 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Swan Lake was the first of Tchaikovsky's three great ballets. In 1875, Tchaikovsky received a commission for a full-length ballet from Vladimir Petrovich Begichev, Director of the Imperial Moscow Theatres. The choreography would be by Julius Reisinger, ballet-master at the Bolshoi Theatre, and the subject was to be Swan Lake, a story with its origins in German folk-tales although it has many Russian characteristics. Tchaikovsky had expressed his admiration for Adam's ballet Giselle and knew the work of ballet composers such as Delibes, Minkus and Drigo. He found the prospect of writing a ballet score intriguing, and quickly began work. The composer often expressed his excitement about the project, though his impatience to finish was fuelled by his intention to write another opera. At any event, he completed the huge score within a year. Swan Lake received its first performance at the Bolshoi Theatre on 4th March, 1877. It was not a success. Critics hated the production and the choreography and were bemused by Tchaikovsky's music. To many of them it was too symphonic, too dramatic, not at all the pretty ballet music they were expecting. The conductor, whose prime concern had been to accompany the dancers, had failed to master the complex score, and the orchestral playing was wretched. Tchaikovsky was never to see a satisfactory production of Swan Lake in his lifetime.


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