Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

by Valery Gergiev
     
 
Anyone who has been searching for a powerful rendition of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake, Op. 20," should consider this dynamic performance by Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, undoubtedly one of the most forceful available, and perhaps one of the very best, notwithstanding one idiosyncrasy

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Anyone who has been searching for a powerful rendition of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake, Op. 20," should consider this dynamic performance by Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, undoubtedly one of the most forceful available, and perhaps one of the very best, notwithstanding one idiosyncrasy that must be directly addressed. Although Gergiev's periodic humming, muttering, and heavy breathing are quite detectable and may be distracting (the likelihood of that increases as the volume is raised), it is perhaps tolerable, especially in light of the excellence of the interpretation, the sheer excitement of the playing, and the responsiveness of the recording that, in addition to picking up the conductor's vocalizations, puts the listener right in the orchestra pit. Everything musical about this 2007 Decca release is compelling, not only because Gergiev delivers the Mariinsky performing version of the ballet with bold strokes of color, thrillingly brisk tempos, and quite a few original expressive touches, but also because the orchestra is in top form throughout, playing without a single lapse of energy, sensitivity, or brilliance. Listeners will note with pleasure the vibrant string tone, particularly in the contrabasses, which is often encountered in Gergiev's other recordings, and the sharp details in the woodwinds and brass, which are always gratifying to hear since they are often over-blended in older performances. This is a strong and convincing performance, which, along with its DVD release, will be discussed by balletomanes for years, so it is definitely worth checking out.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Seckerson
The Mariinsky strings are collectively and soloistically exquisite.... The Mazurka is an exuberant splash of colour
Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
[A] magnificent recording.... There is an ideal match between the music's narrative flow and its traditional set-piece dances, and Gergiev never loses sight of the fact that this is music to be danced to.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947576693
catalogNumber:
000677702
Rank:
209696

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  1. The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Valery Gergiev  -  Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra  - Christopher Pope  - Michael Walters

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