Swan Lake is the first of the three great ballets that Tchaikovsky wrote, and arguably the most famous. The piece is mainly known in the shape it obtained in 1895, when it became a classic in the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. That “imperial” version strayed from Tchaikovsky’s world premiere score, with several cuts, abridgements and displacements. This high definition recording presents the work as it was heard during the 1877 world premiere performance, highlighting the extraordinary symphonic qualities of Tchaikovsky’s original conception.
“To me, it is one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest achievements that he brought this symphonic dimension to the ballet, without compromising the lightness of texture and the greatness of the melodic invention. It is still great ballet music, but also a great symphonic score, and I hope this recording will fully lift out this symphonic quality of the music.” – Vladimir Jurowski
Swan Lake is performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” led by its Artistic Director Vladimir Jurowski. Jurowski has recorded extensively for PENTATONE and has received enthusiastic critical acclaim.
Total time: 02:31:16
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Philharmonia 2, Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow, February 2017 and February 2018
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|Release Date||October 26, 2018|
Familiar – and glorious – music given a fresh approach under Jurowski who explained his thoughts on the score in last month’s ‘Musician and the Score’.
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