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Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet / Ansermet


Release Date: 04/09/1996 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 440630   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is good to have this long-esteemed version of Swan Lake available again, with the sound brushed up to something very near to modern standards, and at so modest a price. There are so many versions of this score that perhaps it may be well to say that this is very much that of the Royal Ballet, with a few omissions, especially in the last act. As befits a conductor who for a number of years worked a lot with Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, the performance is preeminently one of the theatre, with one or two numbers suggesting over-accenting to help a faltering dancer, such as the ever-popular Adagio with the violin solo (in which, by the way, the soloist's tone is rather thin and arid), and the initial appearance of the swans. There are, Read more of course, many recordings of this music or parts of it. A really complete recording occupies three records but this one probably contains as much of the score as the vast majority of people other than dedicated balletomanes will want (readers with extensive back numbers will find reference to WSM's original review useful, since it outlines in detail the omissions of this version). As such it is recommended strongly.

-- Gramophone [11/1978]
reviewing Swan Lake on LP
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Works on This Recording

1. Swan Lake, Op. 20 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Length: 83 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 3, Madrigal by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 4, Minuet by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 6, Balcony Scene by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 7, Death of Tybalt by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
7. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 5, Masks by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
9. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Romeo and Juliet Before Parting by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Juliet, the young girl by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1: Introduction (Moderato assai) - No.1 Scène (Allegro giusto)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1: No.2 Valse (Corps de Ballet)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1: No.4 Pas de trois: a) Intrada (Allegro) - b) Andante sostenuto - c) Allegro semplice - d) Moderato - e) Allegro - f) Coda (Allegro vivace)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1: No.7 Sujet - No.8 Danse des coupes (Tempo di polacca)
Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2: No.10 Scène (Moderato)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.11 Scène (Allegro moderato) - No.12 Scène (Allegro)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.13a Danse des cygnes: Valse
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.13e Danse des cygnes: Pas d'action: Odette et le prince/Deuxième danse de la reine des cygnes (Andante)
Swan Lake, Op.20 / Act 2: No.13d Danse des petits cygnes (Allegro moderato)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.13f Danse des cygnes: Danse générale (Valse)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.13b Danse des cygnes: Odette solo/Première danse de la reine des cygnes (Moderato assai)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2: No.13g Danse des cygnes: Coda (Allegro vivace)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.15 Danse de fançailles (Allegro giusto)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.17 Scène: Entrée des invités (Fanfares) et la valse (Allegro)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.18 Scène (Allegro)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.21 Danse espagnole (Allegro non troppo. Tempo di bolero)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.22 Danse napolitaine
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.23 Mazurka
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3: No.20 Danse hongroise (Czárdás)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1: No.5 Pas de deux: a) Intrada-Valse - b) Andante - c) Valse - d) Coda (Allegro molto vivace)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4: No.28 Scène (Allegro agitato)
Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4: No.29 Scène finale (Andante)
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2: 1. The Montagues and the Capulets
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2: 2. Juliet - The Little Girl
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1: 3. Madrigal
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1: 4. Minuet
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1: 6. Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1: 7. Death of Tybalt
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.1: 5. Masks
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2: 4. Dance
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2: 5. Romeo and Juliet Before Parting
Romeo and Juliet, Ballet Suite, Op.64a, No.2: 7. Romeo at Juliet's Grave

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