Tchaikovsky: Ballet Highlights - Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Andr? Previn's superb recordings of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," "The Sleeping Beauty," and "Nutcracker" have been admired since they first appeared on vinyl in the mid-'70s, and this EMI Classics twofer presents highlights of these famous performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky's dance music is conveyed with dynamic energy, rich sonorities, elegant expression, and ecstatic climaxes, so the true brilliance of the scores is readily apparent. The London Symphony Orchestra made several terrific-sounding albums with Previn at this time, and the ensemble's energy, tone, blend, clarity, expression, and technique are all that could be desired ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
André Previn's superb recordings of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," "The Sleeping Beauty," and "Nutcracker" have been admired since they first appeared on vinyl in the mid-'70s, and this EMI Classics twofer presents highlights of these famous performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky's dance music is conveyed with dynamic energy, rich sonorities, elegant expression, and ecstatic climaxes, so the true brilliance of the scores is readily apparent. The London Symphony Orchestra made several terrific-sounding albums with Previn at this time, and the ensemble's energy, tone, blend, clarity, expression, and technique are all that could be desired of any world-class orchestra. In light of his career as a jazz pianist and composer, Previn surprised many with his recordings of the Romantic orchestral repertoire, and his great sympathy with Tchaikovsky's music made these performances especially satisfying because he drew particularly vivid and lively playing from his musicians. EMI's original recordings were analog, but they were produced with the finest engineering of the time, so this reissue has all the clarity and bright colors of the original LPs with virtually no traces of hiss and absolutely no distortion in the transfer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099908521125
  • Catalog Number: 85211
  • Sales rank: 311,511

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 1. No. 2. Waltz (Tempo di valse) - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (7:22)
  2. 2 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 10. Scene (Moderato) - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:49)
  3. 3 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 13. Dances of the Swans. 4. Dance of th - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1:30)
  4. 4 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 2. No. 13. Dances of the Swans. 5. Andante non - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (6:03)
  5. 5 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. No. 20. Hungarian Dance: Csárdás (Moderato - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:58)
  6. 6 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20: Act 3. No. 21. Spanish Dance (Allegro non troppo: - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:36)
  7. 7 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. The Spell. No. 6. Waltz (Allegro: Tempo di - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (5:02)
  8. 8 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1. The Spell. No. 8. Pas d'action. Rose adagio - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (6:15)
  9. 9 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. The Vision. No. 17 Panorama (Andantino) - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (4:03)
  10. 10 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. The Wedding. No. 24. Pas de caractère. Puss - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1:57)
  11. 11 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. The Wedding. No. 28. Pas de deux (Aurora an - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (4:43)
  12. 12 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. The Wedding. No. 28. Pas de deux (Aurora an - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1:23)
  13. 13 The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 3. The Wedding. No. 30. Finale (Allegro brilla - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (3:27)
  14. 14 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Minature Overture - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (3:27)
  15. 15 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. No. 2. March - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:28)
  16. 16 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissement. Coffee: Arabian Dan - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (3:12)
  17. 17 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissement. Tea: Chinese Dance - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1:07)
  18. 18 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissement. Trepak: Russian Dan - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1:06)
  19. 19 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissement. Dance of the Reed P - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:19)
  20. 20 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 14. Pas de deux. Variation 2. Dance of - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (2:12)
  21. 21 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 13. Waltz of the Flowers - André Previn & Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (6:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
André Previn Primary Artist
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