Tchaikovsky: Complete Ballets

Tchaikovsky: Complete Ballets
Composer Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Artist Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Nicolae Moldoveanu
Barry Wordsworth
David Maninov conductors
Format 6 CD
Cat. number 94949
EAN code 5028421949499
Release September 2014

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Tchaikovsky’s three ballets – Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker – are all much-loved treasures of the balletic canon, having undergone countless performances and reinterpretations. Yet this was not always so. It took time for their status to be established, and reactions to the productions were decidedly mixed during Tchaikovsky’s lifetime. Particularly saddening is the fact that the great composer died believing Swan Lake, perhaps his most celebrated ballet today, to be a failure – although this is in part due to the fact that the choreography most associated with the work today was developed after his death. The Sleeping Beauty, meanwhile, suffered the insult of a lukewarm imperial reception on its presentation to Tsar Alexander III in 1890; and Tchaikovsky himself believed The Nutcracker to be an inferior work, ‘infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty’, in his own words.

We are lucky, then, that choreographers, conductors and other artists have continued to acknowledge the value of these masterworks, and continued to develop them over many decades, bringing them into their current, incomparable form. On this CD, the sheer magic of the music is audible from start to finish, and Tchaikovsky’s audacious gift for melody-crafting is unmistakable. It is astonishing to imagine how far they have had to come.

The magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra does justice to each musical world, under the baton of three different and seasoned conductors, each of whom very much makes his mark on these multi-interpretable works of genius.

Other information:
- Recordings made in 1995, 2009 and 2010.
- All three ballets by Tchaikovsky in one release!
- Tchaikovsky’s ballets, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, are by far the most popular ballet music ever written, and count among the master’s most famous works. Tchaikovsky, tormented genius, found relief in writing these brilliant, featherweight works, conjuring up fantasy worlds of feel good fairy tales. Some numbers have become top-10 Classical Favourites, such as the Flower Waltz, Waltz of the Swans, Dance of the Sugar plum Fairy and many more.
- Performances by the famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Booklet contains detailed notes on the music and plot of each work.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: I. Introduction. Moderato assai
  2. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: II. Scène. Allegro giusto
  3. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: III. Valse. Tempo di valse
  4. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: IV. Scène: Entrance of Pages. Allegro moderato
  5. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Intrada (Allegro moderato)
  6. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Andante sostenuto
  7. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Allegro semplice - Presto
  8. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Prince (Moderato)
  9. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Allegro
  10. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: V. Pas de trois. Coda (Allegro vivace)
  11. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VI. Pas de deux. Intrada (Tempo di valse)
  12. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VI. Pas de deux. Andante
  13. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VI. Pas de deux. Tempo di valse
  14. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VI. Pas de deux. Intrada (Tempo di valse)
  15. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VI. Pas de deux. Pas d’action (Andantino quasi moderato - Allegro)
  16. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VII. Scène. Dusk falls
  17. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: VIII. Danse des coupes (Polonaise)
  18. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 1: IX. Finale. Swan Theme (Andante)
  19. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: I. Scène. Swan Theme (Moderato)
  20. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: II. Scène. Allegro moderato - Moderato - Allegro vivo
  21. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: III. Danses des cygnes
  22. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: IV. Danses des petits cygnes
  23. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: V. Pas d’action. Second Dance of the Queen (Andante)
  24. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: VI. Tempo di valse
  25. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: VII. Coda. Allegro vivace

Disk 2

  1. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 2: VIII. Scène finale. Swan theme (Moderato)
  2. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: I. Scène. Danse de fançailles (Allegro giusto)
  3. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: II. Scène. La sortie des invités et la valse
  4. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: III. Scène. Allegro - Allegro giusto
  5. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Intrada (Moderato assai)
  6. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Variation 1 (Allegro)
  7. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Variation 2 (Andante con moto)
  8. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Variation 3 (Moderato)
  9. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Variation 4 (Allegro)
  10. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de six. Variation 5 (Moderato - Allegro semplice) - Coda (Allegro molto vivace)
  11. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: V. Dance hongroise. Czárdás
  12. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: VI. Danse russe
  13. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: VII. Danse espagnole
  14. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: VIII. Danse napolitaine
  15. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: IX. Mazurka
  16. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 3: X. Scène. Allegro - Valse - Allegro vivo
  17. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 4: I. Entr’acte. Moderato
  18. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 4: II. Scène. Allegro non troppo
  19. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 4: III. Danses des petits cygnes. Moderato
  20. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 4: IV. Scène. Allegro agitato
  21. Swan Lake, Op. 20, Pt. 4: V. Scène finale. Andante

Disk 3

  1. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: I. Introduction
  2. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: II. March
  3. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: III. Scène dansante
  4. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Entrée
  5. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Adagio
  6. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 1 (Candide)
  7. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 2 (Coulante. Fleur de Farine)
  8. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 3 (Miettes qui tombent)
  9. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 4 (Canari qui chante)
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 5 (Violente)
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Variation 6 (La Fée des Lilas)
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Coda
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Prologue: IV. Pas de Six. Finale
  14. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: I. Scène
  15. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: II. Valse
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: III. Entrée d’Aurore
  17. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: IV. Pas d’action. Rose Adage
  18. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: IV. Pas d’action. Variation d’aurore
  19. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: IV. Pas d’action. Coda
  20. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 1: IV. Pas d’action. Finale

Disk 4

  1. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: I. Entr’acte - Scène
  2. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: II. Colin-maillard
  3. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: III. Scène
  4. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: IV. Pas d’action
  5. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: V. Variation d’Aurore
  6. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: VI. Panorama
  7. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: VII. Entr’acte
  8. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: VIII. Entr’acte symphonique “Le Sommeil” - Scène
  9. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 2: IX. Finale
  10. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: I. Marche
  11. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: II. Pas de caractère ”Le Chat botté et La Chatte blanche”
  12. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: III. Pas de quatre
  13. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Entrée
  14. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Adagio
  15. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Variation 1
  16. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Variation 2
  17. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Coda
  18. The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, Pt. 3: IV. Pas de deux. Polacca

Disk 5

  1. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: I. Overture
  2. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: II. The Christmas Tree
  3. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: III. March
  4. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: IV. Children’s Galop - Arrival of the Guests
  5. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: V. Dance Scene - Arrival of Drosselmeyer
  6. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: VI. Scene - Grandfather’s Dance
  7. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: VII. The Magic Spell Begins
  8. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: VIII. The Battle Between the Nutcracker and the Mouse King
  9. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: IX. Scene in the Pine Forest “Journey through the Snow”
  10. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 1: X. Waltz of the Snowflakes

Disk 6

  1. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XI. The Magic Castle
  2. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XII. Clara & the Prince - XIII. Divertissement
  3. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XIV. Chocolate. Spanish Dance
  4. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XV. Coffee. Arabian Dance
  5. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XVI. Tea. Chinese Dance
  6. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XVII. Trepak
  7. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XVIII. Dance of the Mirlitons
  8. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XIX. Mother Gigogne and the Clowns
  9. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XX. Waltz of the Flowers
  10. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XXI. Pas de Deux. Dance of the Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  11. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XXI. Pas de Deux. Variation 1, Tarantella
  12. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XXI. Pas de Deux. Variation 2, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
  13. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XXI. Pas de Deux. Coda
  14. The Nutcracker, Op. 71, Pt. 2: XXII. Finale. Final Waltz and Apotheosis