Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The first of Tchaikovsky's great ballet scores, "Swan Lake" has been enshrined in the public's imagination as the classical ballet non pareil. Little is known of this work's origins and early history except from anecdotal evidence, and performances in Tchaikovsky's lifetime were variable and sporadic. The score was published posthumously, and it did not achieve lasting fame until after the 1895 revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. "Swan Lake" appears to have been assembled from an earlier amusement for children, "The Lake of the Swans," music for an abandoned stage work, "Undine," and several other loose pieces; and it was subsequently rearranged many times to suit ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The first of Tchaikovsky's great ballet scores, "Swan Lake" has been enshrined in the public's imagination as the classical ballet non pareil. Little is known of this work's origins and early history except from anecdotal evidence, and performances in Tchaikovsky's lifetime were variable and sporadic. The score was published posthumously, and it did not achieve lasting fame until after the 1895 revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. "Swan Lake" appears to have been assembled from an earlier amusement for children, "The Lake of the Swans," music for an abandoned stage work, "Undine," and several other loose pieces; and it was subsequently rearranged many times to suit the needs of choreographers. Therefore, it is less unified than the more sophisticated "Sleeping Beauty" and the perennial holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker." Yet "Swan Lake" is rife with charming melodies and dramatic scenes, many of which are familiar from the popular concert suite and frequent use in films. Wolfgang Sawallisch recorded this complete performance of "Swan Lake" with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1993, and it was originally issued in a deluxe box set with a picture book. This affordable double-disc is accompanied by a slender booklet, which merely provides a synopsis of the ballet's action. EMI's recorded sound is vibrant and clear.
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Full marks to EMI for capacity-filled discs with the minimum necessary missing (two short double bar line repeats in Act 3's early stages). Forest, lake, moonlight and melancholy; these are the scenes that find Sawallisch in his element... Sawallisch's control of dynamics and his fluid pace (different in all three scenes) is masterly.... All in all, a deeply considered, seriously intentioned Swan Lake; one to stir the mind if not the limbs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724358554120
  • Catalog Number: 85541
  • Sales rank: 8,384

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–55 The Swan Lake, ballet, Op. 20 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Norman Carol (158:24)
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Performance Credits
Wolfgang Sawallisch Primary Artist
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