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Why so extreme?,
This review is from: Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (Neeme Järvi/ James Ehnes/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) (Chandos: CHSA 5113(2)) (Audio CD)
This state of the art recording has it's extremes. Jarvi chooses the symphonic path with his interpretation of Tchaikofsky's masterly ballet. Without any cuts he manages to go through this whole long work in 155 minutes. My reference recording of this work - Dorati on Philips with the fantastic Concertgebouworkest - takes 15 minutes longer and fits on three CD's. I hope economy of means wasn't the motivation of Chandos and Jarvi to squeeze this on two SACD's because technical matters don't work here: I've some SACD's that play perfectly well for 90 minutes. So the lightning speed in many passages must be seen as interpretational choices. That's why many passages are breathless and slower passages don't breath enough. Jarvi states in a recent interview he has become faster and faster with his coming of age. `Many older conductors tend to get slower, not me!' he exalts. Bottom line is: if you like this ballet really exaggerated with presto allegros and allegro andantes this is for you. It sounds like a (long) symphony nr.8 by the composer. If you like perfect recordings this one is for you, exemplary notes, great presentation. But that's the package: mind the message!