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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites / Karajan, Wiener Po


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466379   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky excelled at every form of composition but was particularly adept at orchestral music. His tone poems, concerti and symphonies are all basic repertoire compositions but it's in the great ballet scores 'Swan Lake,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' and 'Nutcracker,' where we encounter the essence of Tchaikovsky's genius. The ballets are models of brilliant orchestration, melodic invention and dramatic excellence. Most listeners are familiar with the ballets through the brief orchestral suites heard on this recording.
Herbert Von Karajan was one of the great conductors in all of music. On this recording, part of Decca's Legendary Performers series, he leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's ballet suites. The
Read more recording lives up to its name with Von Karajan spotlighting the delightful orchestral details and drama in the scores. The orchestra plays with sumptuous tone and a keen sense of drama. Kudos to the Decca engineers for providing warm, natural sound. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1965 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1961 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 03/1965 
Venue:  Sofien Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 1. Scene - Swan Theme
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 2. Valse in A
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 3. Danse des petits cygnes
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 4. Scene
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 5a. Danse Hongroise
Swan Lake, Op.20 Suite: 6b. Final Scene
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: 1. Miniature Overture
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: March
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Russian Dance (Trepak)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Arabian Dance (Coffee)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Chinese Dance (Tea)
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: Dance Of The Reed-Pipes
Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a: 3. Waltz Of The Flowers
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite: Introduction And Lilac Fairy (Prologue)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite: Pas d'action (Adagio) (Act 1)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite: Pas de Caractère (Puss in Boots) (Act 3)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite: Panorama (Act 2)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 - Suite: Waltz (Act 1)

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