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Tchaikovsky: Complete Ballets / Ansermet, Suisse Romande

Tchaikovsky / Orchestre De La Suisse Romande
Release Date: 03/23/2010 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94031   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Maurice Gendron
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A superb 6-CD set that brings together the very best of Ansermet's Decca Tchaikovsky recordings. As well as the three great ballet scores, the 6th Symphony receives a wonderful reading. This conductor in this repertoire in classic Decca recordings can still stand comparison with the latest versions in the catalogue.

"The ballets, recorded in stunning stereo sound in 1958 (Nutcracker, Swan Lake) and 1959 (Sleeping Beauty). Each of the three finds Ansermet completely sympathetic, and his faculty for taking seriously music that others treat lightly makes these wonderfully rewarding performances. Each ballet, of course, has its share of drama, and even of emotion. (Has anyone ever made a simple descending one-octave major
Read more scale sound as passionate as Tchaikovsky does in The Nutcracker’s climactic act II Pas de deux?) But, the emotion here is always at least one level removed from the direct, composer-to-listener communication of the “Pathétique”; after all, these are basically fairy tales... the ballets are the real reason to obtain this set, and those receive my strongest recommendation." -- Richard Kaplan, Fanfare Magazine

'A wonderful display of consummate 'cello playing. The recording is faultless.' Gramophone, reviewing the Rococo Variations, March 1954. 'Ansermet's set is skilfully put together, and conducted with real sympathy and penetration, not as a ballet but (I mentioned this when discussing his versions of Tchaikovsky's other full-length ballets) as a dramatic tone poem. It's full of endearing human touches-the knitters, the young Aurora, the two white cats, and the wicked ogre' Gramophone review for Sleeping Beauty, November 1959. '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...As such it is recommended strongly'. Gramophone review of Swan Lake November 1978.

'Ansermet, as we would expect, holds our attention with his reading...Ansermet secures very expressive phrasing from his violas, especially in the descending phrase at the close of the first paragraph, and the ascending one which closes the first subject-group. More than most conductors, he makes the three statements of the second subject sound quite different in emotion : as of a joy and consolation hesitantly accepted (muted strings), unashamedly welcomed (UN-muted strings), and then tenderly considered (clarinet solo). The development section cracks in with exciting effect. The narrow-toned brass is fiery here, and very well recorded.' Gramophone review, Symphony No.6 June 1957
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
2.
Swan Lake, Op. 20 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
3.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
4.
Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Russia 
5.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Maurice Gendron (Cello)
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
6.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in G major, Op. 55 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Russia 
7.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in G major, Op. 61 "Mozartiana" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Russia 

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