Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich. Swan Lake, Ballet. (Ballet Masterpieces)

From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 23-5-2013.
Second listen: 15-12-2016.
Label: DECCA
CD 29 & 30 from 35.
Recording dates: May 1991.
Recording venue: Église St. Eustace, Montreal.
Recording engineer: Colin Moorfoot.
Running time: 78:00 & 76:01.
Classical relevance: Reference recording.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit.

Without doubt one of the best ballets Tchaikovsky wrote, but then all his ballets are such. The music is know to a lot of classical music fans, so there is no reason to go into that.
The performance is superb, few things could be better. Maybe a bit less politeness in some parts, but that would be all what I sometimes missed. Dutoit has a good ear for the many sonorities Tchaikovsky conjured out of his magic hands, in fact I think he is the master in this, above all else. There are composers that come near, but the throne is his with scepter and all.
The orchestra is in good hands, they perform on a very high level, and the soloists are admirable too. A performance to love and to put high on your list. I think it's a reference recording and performance.
The recording is very good. Funny thing is that CD30 sounds state of the art, so it's a few notches up comparing with disc 29. Still well engineered.




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