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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457634   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although one might nitpick about certain tempo choices, this should be accounted a fine performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet score. Despite being squeezed onto two CDs, it has no cuts and never actually gives the impression that Pletnev is aware of the passing time. The sound of the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory is drier than I would have expected from its appearance, but it's hard to complain about the orchestral detail and the well-controlled, nontinny brass who never step on anyone's toes; if the recording favors anyone, it's the strings, which does no harm at all— when you want some brass color or power, it's usually there. And the orchestra plays with considerable expression, precision, rhythmic vitality, and dynamic Read more range. For the first time in my experience, Pletnev conducts almost as well as he plays the piano. It actually sounds as if the producer set up a few mikes in front of the orchestra and merely rolled the tapes- -the recording doesn't sound "produced." If it means anything, it was executed back in October 1997. My favorite Sleeping Beauty remains Bonynge's (London) because of his more traditional ballet tempos, and Mogrelia (Naxos) runs him a close second. The former is no longer listed in Schwann (if that means anything—a couple of months ago, all Rossini listings disappeared from that publication), but the latter still is, and Pletnev's, packaged in a standard double jewelbox, will consume just as much space on your shelf and probably cost a few bucks more despite having one less CD in the package. Mogrelia takes 173 minutes to traverse the whole score and, in the apparent absence of Bonynge's, is my first choice, but anyone who purchases this "new" Pletnev recording will be getting a high-quality Sleeping Beauty.

-- James Miller, FANFARE [5/2000] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Great Hall, Moscow State Conservatory 
Length: 159 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66: Introduction
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 1. Marche (Entrance of King and Court)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 2. Scène dansante (Entrance of Fairies)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3b. Pas de six: Adagio (Allegro vivo)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3c. Pas de six: Variation I (Candite)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3d. Pas de six: Variation II (Coulante)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3e. Pas de six: Variation III (Falling crumbs)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3f. Pas de six: Variation IV (Song-bird Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3g. Pas de six: Variation V (Violente)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3h. Pas de six: Variation VI (Lilac Fairy)(Waltz)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 3i. Pas de six: Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Prologue: 4. Final (La Fée des lilas sort)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 5. Scène (The Palace Garden)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 6. Valse
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 7. Scène (The Four Princes)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: Pas d'action
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 8b. Pas d'action: Danse des demoiselles d'honneur et des pages
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 8c. Pas d'action: Variation d'Aurore
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 8d. Pas d'action: Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 1: 9. Final (La Fée des lilas paraît)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 10. Entr'acte et scène
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 11. Colin-maillard (Allegro vivo)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 12a. Scène (Moderato)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 12b. Danse des duchesses (Minuet)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 12c. Danse des baronnes (Gavotte)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 12d. Danse des comtesses
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 12e. Danse des marquises
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 13a. Farandole: Scène
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 13b. Farandole: Danse (Tempo di Mazurka)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 14. Scène (Arrival of Huntsmen)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 15a. Pas d'action (Vision of Aurora)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 15b. Variation d'Aurore (Allegro comodo)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 15c. Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 16. Scène (Allegro agitato)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 17. Panorama (Andantino)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 18. Entr'acte (Andante sostenuto)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 19. Entr'acte symphonique - Scène (Aurora's sleep)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 2: 20. Final (Allegro agitato)(Breaking of spell)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 21. Marche
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 22. Polacca (Allegro moderato)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23a. Pas de quatre: Intrada (Allegro non tanto)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23b. Pas de quatre: Variation I (Valse)(Golden Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23c. Pas de quatre: Variation II (Polka)(Silver Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23d. Pas de quatre: Variation III (Saphir Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23e. Pas de quatre: Variation IV (Diamond Fairy)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 23f. Pas de quatre: Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 24. Pas de caractère (Puss in Boots)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 25a. Pas de quatre: Adagio
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 25b. Pas de quatre: Variation I (Cinderella and Prince)(Waltz)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 25c. Pas de quatre: Variation II (Bluebird and Florisse)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 25d. Pas de quatre: Coda
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 26. Pas de caractère (Red Riding Hood)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: Cendrillon et le prince Fortune (Allegro - Waltz)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 27. Pas berrichon (Hop 'o my Thumb)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28. Pas de deux: Aurora and Prince Desire
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28a. Pas de deux: Intrada
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28b. Pas de deux: Adagio
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28c. Pas de deux: Variation I (Prince)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28d. Pas de deux: Variation II (Aurora)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 28e. Pas de deux: Coda (Allegro vivace)(The Three Ivans)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 29. Sarabande
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 30a. Finale: Allegro brillante (Mazurka)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op.66 / Act 3: 30b. Finale: Apothéose (Andante molto maestoso)

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