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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.1 Scène (Allegro giusto)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Act 1 - No.2 Valse (Corps de Ballet)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:30Album Only
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.3 Scène (Allegro moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.4 Pas de trois: a) Intrada (Allegro) - b) Andante sostenuto - c) Allegro semplice - d) Moderato - e) Allegro - f) Coda (Allegro vivace)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal11:06Album Only
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.5 Pas de deux: a) Intrada-Valse - b) Andante - c) Valse - d) Coda (Allegro molto vivace)Chantal Juillet10:44Album Only
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.6 Pas d'action (Andantino quasi moderato - Allegro)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.7 SujetOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.8 Danse des coupes (Tempo di polacca)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 1 - No.9 Finale (Andante)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Act 2 - No.10 Scène (Moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2 - No.11 Scène (Allegro moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2 - No.12 Scène (Allegro)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 2 - No.13 Danses des cygnes: a) Valse - b) Moderato assai - c) Valse - d) Allegro moderato - e) Pas d'action (Andante) - f) Valse - g) Coda (Allegro vivace)Chantal Juillet14:40Album Only


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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.15 Danse de fançailles (Allegro giusto)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.16 Danses du corps de ballet et des nains (Moderato assai)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.17 Scène: Entrée des invités (Fanfares) et la valse (Allegro)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:11Album Only
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.18 Scène (Allegro)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.19 Pas de six: Intrada (Moderato assai) - Variations I/V - CodaOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal13:06Album Only
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - Pas de deux: Introduction (Moderato) - Variations I & II - CodaChantal Juillet 8:15Album Only
listen  7. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Act 3 - No.20 Danse hongroise (Czárdás)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - Danse russe (Moderato)Chantal Juillet 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.21 Danse espagnole (Allegro non troppo. Tempo di bolero)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.22 Danse napolitaineOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.23 MazurkaOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 3 - No.24 Scène (Allegro - Valse - Allegro vivo)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4 - No.25 Entr'acte (Moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4 - No.26 Scène (Allegro non troppo)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4 - No.27 Danses des petits cygnes (Moderato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4 - No.28 Scène (Allegro agitato)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op.20 - Act 4 - No.29 Scène finale (Andante)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000420C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By JPH on September 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a performance best appreciated by people who are primarily fans of Tchaikovsky's symphonic output. Ballet aficionados and budding dancers are better served by one of the rival versions.
It is not that Dutoit's intepretation lacks any genuine feeling for dance --- indeed he and the Montreal orchestra offer dazzling accounts of the big dance numbers. However, compared to Previn's LSO version, for example, which, from the first bar to the last positively sways with the spirit of dance, Dutoit seems to have invisibly divided his intepretation into a chain-series of slow "interludes" and fast dance numbers. Using broad tempi to play up the atmospheric beauty of the former and brisk ones for the latter, many interesting musical contrasts are achieved. (Just listen to the lead-ups to the Goblet Dance.) You could say that while eminently danceable versions like Previn's and Ozawa's operate in one smooth gear throughout, you can hear Dutoit constantly changing gears!
Hence, Dutoit's Swan Lake really plays like one of Tchaikovsky's orchestral tone poems, more so than being a thoroughly balletic reading. Dramatically and musically it remains just as effective. However, I can imagine the frustrations felt by budding dancers trying to practice to this recording. It is possible to become schizo-ic, attempting to traverse Dutoit's wide range of tempi.
A beautifully atmospheric performance of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece nonetheless, and certainly the recording with the best sound. A Swan Lake for arm-chair listeners!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By sjr9@gateway.net on September 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It seems that no matter what work or composer Charles Dutoit conducts, the result always yields a solid performance by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. This Swan Lake, in particular, is an audiophile's delight: superb orchestral hall acoustics, and wonderful playing by the orchestra that is both thoughtful and soulful. You just might find a tear coming to your eye as the final notes bring down the curtain of this extraordinary performance of what is, arguably, the world's most famous ballet.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although others have rated this lower for what they claim is a lack of color, I believe that the marvel in this recording comes from the precision in Montreal's playing. Fine, Dutoit may be harsh on the musicians, but his demands are well met. As far as the recording itself is concerned, the mic setup captures the accoustics of the hall extremely well and all sections of the orchestra are heard at appropriate levels. Finally, this recording continues the quality line of classical CD's that Decca/London has produced.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jhorro on July 11, 2001
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Dutoit has a good feeling for ballet and the Montreal orchestra give sparkle and color to this fine music. The recording is up to the high standard Decca gave Montreal. The score remains virtually complete, unlike most other versions of Swan Lake. It is amazing how often this work has been recorded, both as a "suite" and as a whole, and yet it sounds so new and fresh in Dutoit's hands - a great compliment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm usually a non-fan of Dutoit, but this 1993 Swan Lake is riveting in its brash dramatic impact and vivid sound. It far surpasses Decca's two other older versions, Ansermet and Bonynge, in both departments, although Dutoit lacks Ansermet's precision elegance. His reading aims for the throat from the first bar. As far as which version of the changing score has been chosen, I quote the Gramophone, which says that this is "an absolutely complete recording of Tchaikovsky's original score, but including also the ''Russian dance'' in Act 3 (No. 20a, which the composer added after the first performance for the dancer, Pelegaya Karpakova) and the ''Pas de deux'' for Siegfried and Odile another addition (an Introduction, two variations and coda, of which Tchaikovsky orchestrated only the second variation). The ''Pas de deux'' (No. 5) which has sometimes recently been interpolated into Act 3 is now restored to its right place in Act 1."

Some listeners may find Dutoit too hectic and the sound overly aggressive (there are also some inexplicably sluggish tempos here and there, as in the Act 1 Pas d'Action), in which case they can turn to Decca's latest Swan Lake from Gergiev, which is slower, more relaxed, but very satisfying in its musicality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on August 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
turn the volume up....turn the lights off...sit back and enjoy a dynamite recording. Panoramic wide soundstage, glistening detail and orchestra and conducting to match. ITS A MUST HAVE for the long haul.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Wolf on October 5, 2012
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In a score this long and involved and well known, will there ever be the perfect Swan Lake that everyone agrees is perfect? No. But this one for my money comes the closest. First of all because Dutoit deliberately set out to record it with the music and not the dancers in mind. He was conciously aware of this following his performance of it with the Vienna Ballet. He felt that the flow of music was dictated by the dancers. So here he has put the music conciously at the center without thinking about the dancers. And what music it is !! Which leads me to, Second: The sheer overpowering grandeur of Dutoit's performance with the MSO and the superb recording technology. It produces a stunning sound. Crank this up on first class stereo system and stand back. It reminds me of Barenboim's Wagner Overtures with the Chicago Symphony. Overpowering emotion blended with near perfect audio reproduction.
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