'His symphonies are ballets, his ballets are symphonies'; such has often been said about Tchaikovskys lengthy dance compositions. This opinion is not entirely due to the fact that these works had to please the audience without being danced to after Diaghilevs legendary ballet company was dissolved. Rather more, Tchaikovskys instrumental and incidental music is pervaded by movement and dance rhythms that act as a musical scaffolding.
Almost as legendary as the incomparable heritage of Russian music is the reputation of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, whose recordings are famed for their lush and saturated sound colouring. Ansermet transforms the score into a veritable firework of sound, without ever straining after cheap effects by means of a thunderous sound; the strings are clean and warm in all registers, the brass volleys blare out keenly, and the percussion is dauntlessly resolute. This performance and Deccas customary excellent sound recording render great homage to this music. All the more reason to be glad that this particular Sleeping Beauty has been awakened at long last.
"The sound represents the best of the ffss era. Strings are beautifully textured, always a plus in Tchaikovsky when violins and cellos soar in unison a couple of octaves apart... Ansermet had a gift for bringing this sort of music to life... the conductor here takes full responsibility for presenting a cogent narrative. Tempo choices are perfect." - Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound, October 2012
3LP, 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
High Quality Pressing
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
12" x 12" 8-Page Booklet with Detailed Synopsis
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The Sleeping Beauty (complete ballet)
Recorded March and April 1959 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace