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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Introduction
  2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 1, March
  3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 2, Scène dansante
  4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Pas de six
  5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. I: Candite
  6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. II: Coulante. Fleur de Farine
  7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. III: Miettes qui tombent
  8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. IV: Canari qui chante
  9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. V: Violente
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Var. VI: La Fée des Lilas
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 3, Coda
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Prologue, No. 4, Finale
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 5, Scène
  14. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 6, Valse
  15. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 7, Scène
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 8, Pas d'action
  17. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 8, Danse des demoiselles d'honneur et des pages
  18. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 8, Variation d'Aurore
  19. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 8, Coda
  20. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act 1, No. 9, Finale
  21. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 10, Entr'acte et scène
  22. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 11, Colin-maillard
  23. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 12, Scène
  24. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 12, Danse des duchesses
  25. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 12, Danse des baronnes
  26. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 12, Danse des comtesses
  27. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 12, Danse des marquises
  28. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 13, Farandole. Scène
  29. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 13, Danse

Disc: 2

  1. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 14, Scène
  2. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 15, Pas d'action. Scène d'Aurore et de Désiré
  3. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 15, Variation d'Aurore
  4. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 15, Coda
  5. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 16, Scène
  6. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 17, Panorama
  7. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 18, Entr'acte
  8. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 19, Entr'acte symphonique. Le Sommeil
  9. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act II, No. 20, Finale
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 22, Polacca
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Pas de quatre
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Var. I: La Fée-Or
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Var. II: La Fée-Argent
  14. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Var. III: La Fée-Saphir
  15. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Var. IV: La Fée-Diamant
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 23, Coda
  17. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 24, Pas de caractère. Le Chat botté et la chatte blanche
  18. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 25, Pas de quatre
  19. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 25, Var. II: L'Oiseau bleu et la princesse Florine
  20. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 25, Coda
  21. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 26, Pas de caractÃ..re. Le Petit Chaperon rouge et le loup
  22. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 26, Cendrillon et le prince Fortuné
  23. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 27, Pas berrichon, Le Petit Poucet, ses frÃ..res et l'Ogre
  24. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 28, Pas de deux. Aurore et Désiré
  25. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 28, Entrée
  26. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 28, Adagio
  27. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 28, Var. I: Désiré
  28. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 28, Coda
  29. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 29, Sarabande
  30. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 30, Finale
  31. The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66: Act III, No. 30, Apothéose


Product Details

  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
  • Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BBC Music
  • ASIN: B000063CMH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of all of the full-length ballets in the classical repertoire, I share George Balanchine's opinion that Sleeping Beauty is the finest and that a definitive staging will probably exist only in one's imagination.

I have collected ALL of the performances issued since the George Weldon mono recording from the mid-1950s, including the studio recording that followed this series of live BBC concerts (long out of print on Eurodisc). What makes this performance stand out is the sense of 'theater' that permeates every note. A conductor such as Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (who has led this work countless times) knows instinctively how each number need to be paced and set apart from each other. This is not just an academic exercise (or worse yet, a 'canned' performance done in the sterile environment of a studio away from the audience, dancers, and 'smell of greasepaint'); it is an approach that is essential to a buildup of dramatic tension which in turn makes each act seem like a logical sequence of pieces instead of a hodgepodge of tunes.

Forgive me if I sound like a zealot, but there is something conveyed in a live performance that makes it distinctive and unique. In the hands of a quality orchestra (and the BBC SO of 1979 was certainly one of the best at the time), there is a spontanaeous, fresh quality to the playing that makes up for the acceptable recording quality (excellent FM stereo quality if lacking in depth, and the occasional cough or audience rustle).

It is exactly this sense of anticipation, drama and direction that I found lacking in the DGG/Pletnev performance.
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It's become a critical cliche to praise ballet recordings if they sound danceable, with springy rhythms and pacing that's not too fast. Rozhdestvensky turns the tables, however, by conducting Sleeping Beauty without regard for dancers -- he reveals the ambitious nature of the score once it is detached from the stage, freeing up his beat and allowing each number to billow into symphonic grandeur. The result is revelatory, especially when the music races with a headlong excitement no dancer could keep up with.

There are better played and recorded versions (e.g., Dorati with the Concertgebouw on Philips), but this one is the most emotionally stirring. The liner note says that Rozhdestvensky mounted the podium 45 min. late, due to a bass trombonist who got stuck in central London traffic. He looked furious, but you'd never know it from what emerged. It would be worth seeking out the commerical recording that was made at the same time (Oct. 1979) to hear better sound. The BBC 3 engineers did a good job, but the microphones are far away, so there's reduced impact and inner detail. On the other hand, the added vitality of a concert performance is worth a lot, too.

The ballet fills two CDs instead of the usual three. No numbers are missing; seamless cuts were made to eliminate repetiiton in some of the longer dances in Act III and to a lesser extent Act II. Overall, this is as close to an ideal Sleeping Beauty as I've ever heard, lacking only up-to-date sound.
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This recording is of the live concert performance of this work which preceded a commercial studio recording made the following week. The commercial recording was very well received at the time but has long been unavailable. This live performance, from the Royal Festival Hall in London, was quite sensational and superbly played. The BBC's broadcast was also technically superb for its time with realistic dynamics and clear internal detail. The Penguin Guide to CD's 2003/3 Supplement has given it a rosette, placing it even above the overrated Pletnev.
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By T. Schmalz on December 12, 2007
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I share the sentiments of the previous reviewer - this is the recording to have! Rozhdestvensky has such a natural approach to this music and the BBC Symphony Orchestra plays amazingly. The sound, over all, is spectacular, especially the brass and percussion sections of the orchestra.

I cannot reccomend this recording highly enough. It's a MUST HAVE for your collection.
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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty is the complete unabridged recording of the ballet music starring the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Truly a stupendous recording and Rozhdestvensky truly understands the spirit and soul of Tchaikovsky's music. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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