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Tchaikovsky: Ballets / Svetlanov, USSR State Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky / Ussr State Sym Orch / Svetlanov
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1001951  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Melodiya seems to have gotten its act together; these eight CDs come packaged in an attractive box, with an informative booklet. The CDs themselves feature red labels reminding us of both the old LPs as well as the glory days of communism. As for the performances, well, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore, that’s for sure. I vividly remember a Svetlanov performance in New York with one of the big Soviet orchestras of the day (I don’t think it was this one) where they did an encore for Swan Lake and almost peeled the paint off the ceiling of Carnegie Hall. Trust me, you’ve never heard such an ear-splitting din (in a good way). That’s what you get here: flat-out, 100 percent intensity, raw sonorities enhanced by an equally up-front and Read more unsubtle recording, throbbing strings, blaring brass, nasal oboes—not ideally “balletic” perhaps, and a touch heavy-handed, but generally as exciting as hell. Exhausting in large doses, but not to be missed for fans of this music.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Swan Lake, Op. 20 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1876; Russia 
2. Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
3. Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 

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