Tchaikovsky : Swan Lake
Ernest Ansermet conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Decca SXL 2107-8
Speakers Corner Records : 2 LPs 180 gram with booklet
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) : Swan Lake, Op. 20 (complete ballet)
Recorded in October-November 1958 at Victoria Hall in Geneva by Roy Wallace.
Swan Lake is a ballet in two acts Tchaikovsky composed in 1875–1876, on a scenario fashioned from Russian-German folk tales, the story of a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. It is the first of three ballets Tchaikovsy composed, before The Sleeping Beauty (1889) and The Nutcracker (1891).
Here is a true delight for all ballet fans and music-lovers. This recording of what is probably Tchaikovsky’s most popular ballet, Swan Lake, by Ernest Ansermet and his orchestra in a masterly performance is now available as a new pressing in vinyl. The Russian composer’s first ballet is offered here on a double LP and although not a complete recording, this compilation (with a minimum of cuts) certainly comprises the most beautiful and expressive scenes, losing nothing in the process.
"Ballet specialist" Ansermet and his wonderfully balanced Orchestre de la Suisse Romande offer here a recording which you’ll want to hear again and again for it captures both the tragic moments of the fairy tale and the festive dance scenes. The precise winds in, for example No. 4, provide a marked contrast to the lively and exciting tutti (No. 5), while the gentle woodwinds blend charmingly with the dreamlike cantilena of the strings (No. 11). The various characteristics of the festive national dances (Polkas, Mazurkas, Hungarian Dance etc.) are performed with temperament, verve and rhythm, but it is the waltzes with their sweet dreaminess which invite the listener most of all to put on their dancing shoes and join in the dance.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com