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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty ~ Ansermet [Import]

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky , Ernest Ansermet , Orchestra de la Suisse Romande Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Orchestra de la Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (April 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia / Decca
  • ASIN: B002BAODU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Introduction - March
2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. No. 2. Scène dansante (Entrance of Fairies)
3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3a. Intrada - Adagio (Allegro vivo)
4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3c. Variation 1 (Candite)
5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3d. Variation 2 (Coulante)
6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3e. Variation 3 (Falling crumbs)
7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3f. Variation 4 (Song-bird Fairy)
8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3g. Variation 5 (Violente)
9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3h. Variation 6 (Lilac Fairy) (Waltz)
10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue. Pas de six. No. 3i. Coda
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Disc: 2
1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 10. Entr'acte et scène
2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 11. Colin-maillard (Allegro vivo)
3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 12a. Scène (Moderato)
4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 12b. Dance of the duchesses (Minuet)
5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 12c. Dance of the baronesses (Gavotte)
6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 12d. Dance of the countesses
7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 12e. Dance of the marquises
8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 13. Farandole. Scène - Danse
9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 14. Scène (Arrival of the Huntsmen)
10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 2. No. 15b. Variation d'Aurore (Allegro comodo)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Performance January 11, 2010
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More than 20 years ago, one-by-one, I found and purchased Tchaikovsky's 3 great ballet music LP record sets, performed by Ernest Ansermet and Swisse Romande Orchestra. I have treasured these 3 sets, but over the years and many movings, LP's and record players were degraded. I replaced Swan Lake and Nutcracker with respective CD's, but, although I have tried to find and obtain Sleeping Beauty CD set, it was just before Christmas of 2009 when I finally found one! I am 65 years old, but now recovering all 3 reasures, I can almost jump up and down like a little kid. Ernest Ansermet and Swisse Romande Orchestra play these ballet music with heart. And, especially in Sleeping Beauty where there are some dramatic mood changes such as the palace is all of a sudden frozen, or everything comes alive again when princess is awakened; the music is played really vivid: You are drawn into the Fairy Tale World.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The SLEEPING BEAUTY to own December 5, 2009
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After 25 years of waiting for Polygram (now Universal) to reissue Ansermet's major ballet studio completes, I can now die and go to ... wherever. Thanks Universal Australia for this and his superb Delibes Coppelia also (DeLibes: Coppelia/Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe). Both interpretations are ne plus ultra in wonderful vintage Decca stereo from Geneva's Victoria Hall, lovingly played and brilliantly engineered. If you love ballet, you'll love this recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Traces of magic only April 20, 2010
Ernest Ansermet was Decca's star French conductor (although Swiss by birrth), and as such he was assigned the entire Franco-Russian musical axis. Many older collectors have cherished memories of those old LPs, which often had open, airy sound that added to the magic. Ansermet knew Sleeping Beauty from the theater and conducts each number with nimble facility. In our era of genuine Russian conductors, his mercurial way remains appealing. But in the original 1959 review, the Gramophone was being charitable to call the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande "able," because it was barely second rate. Here we get sour woodwinds, especially in the mistuned oboes that spoil every chord they play a part in. The strings are supple in the French style but thin, the brass scrawny and blatty.

To quote the Gramophone reviewer, "Ansermet uses the American complete score and plays almost all of it. The major omission is the beautiful entr'acte with violin solo, No. 18; several other numbers are seriously abbreviated, and there are some short and practical cuts." Like the other reviewers, I waited a long time for this set to emerge from Decca's archives, but the airy magic of the original LPs is barely in evidence while listening to the rather thin, hard digital version. Too much is flawed for Ansermet to compete with the likes of Valery Gergiev on Philips or the riveting live concert reading of the score under Rozhdestvensky on BBC Legends. Previn gives a tamer account on EMI, but his London Sym. from the Seventies is miles ahead of Ansermet's scrappy band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Performance from the Golden Age of Decca July 10, 2012
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I agree with all the positive comments about Ansermet and OSR on this performance, so I will mostly comment on the sound -- it is magnificent, among the best in the Decca Ansermet portfolio. The mastering is completely un-futzed with, without digital noise reduction, compression, or digital artifacts. It is so natural, I feel like I am listening to the analog master tape. The recording is well lit, with stunning air and bloom. Decca Australia is doing great work in restoring this priceless music. As a result, this is a triumph both artistically and technically.
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