Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn

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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Review

by Blair Sanderson

Recorded in 1974, André Previn's critically acclaimed performance of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty has remained one of the most admired offerings in EMI's catalog, and the recording has been reissued several times since that date. In making the transition from LPs to CDs, two numbers -- the Pas Berrichon and the Sarabande at the end of Act III -- were cut from the complete recording to allow the ballet to fit on two discs. Apart from this modest alteration, most of Sleeping Beauty is preserved and it is still remarkably fresh sounding, even after digital remastering in 1993, which apparently removed any traces of analog hiss from an already clean recording. The London Symphony Orchestra made several terrific-sounding albums with Previn at this time, and the ensemble's energy, tone, blend, clarity, expression, and technique are all that could be desired of any world-class orchestra. With his career as a jazz pianist and composer, Previn surprised many with his recordings of the Romantic orchestral repertoire, and his great sympathy with Tchaikovsky's music made this performance especially satisfying because he drew particularly vivid and lively playing from his musicians. While this performance may not be superior to some of the Russian competition, it is certainly among the best by any western orchestra, and in terms of elegance and polish, it is still one of the very best ever released. This classic package is highly recommended for anyone who needs a handsome version of what is arguably Tchaikovsky's finest ballet.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sleeping Beauty
1 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:56 Amazon
2 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 05:04 Amazon
3 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 04:27 Amazon
4 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:36 Amazon
5 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 03:50 Amazon
6 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:54 Amazon
7 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:34 Amazon
8 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:58 Amazon
9 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:29 Amazon
10 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:01 Amazon
11 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:00 Amazon
12 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:30 Amazon
13 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 08:34 Amazon
14 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 06:52 Amazon
15 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 04:58 Amazon
16 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:47 Amazon
17 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 06:11 Amazon
18 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:00 Amazon
19 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 03:31 Amazon
20 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:30 Amazon
21 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 07:36 Amazon
22 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:44 Amazon
23 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:37 Amazon
24 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:51 Amazon
25 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:54 Amazon
26 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:53 Amazon
27 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:39 Amazon
28 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:46 Amazon
29 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:16 Amazon
30 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:36 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Sleeping Beauty
1 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 05:23 Amazon
2 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 05:27 Amazon
3 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:22 Amazon
4 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:29 Amazon
5 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:43 Amazon
6 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 04:00 Amazon
7 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 05:59 Amazon
8 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 07:43 Amazon
9 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:23 Amazon
10 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 03:25 Amazon
11 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 04:34 Amazon
12 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:06 Amazon
13 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:05 Amazon
14 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:48 Amazon
15 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:44 Amazon
16 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:44 Amazon
17 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:45 Amazon
18 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:53 Amazon
19 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:00 Amazon
20 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:57 Amazon
21 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 00:46 Amazon
22 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:23 Amazon
23 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:21 Amazon
24 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:36 Amazon
25 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:41 Amazon
26 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 04:39 Amazon
27 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:02 Amazon
28 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:56 Amazon
29 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 01:20 Amazon
30 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 05:43 Amazon
31 London Symphony Orchestra / André Previn 02:22 Amazon
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