Neeme Järvi / James Ehnes

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Review

by Blair Sanderson

Arguably the finest of Tchaikovsky's three ballets, The Sleeping Beauty is a genuine treat in the super audio format, because the subtle timbres, dynamics, and shadings of the orchestra are displayed to optimal effect in 5.0 surround sound. This 2012 Chandos double-SACD of the complete work is certainly a showcase of the best in audio reproduction, though the music must come first, so this package presents the ballet with artistry to match its high production values. Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra offer a vivid interpretation that features a wide dynamic range, brisk tempos, vigorous playing, and concentrated expressions, which maintain the dramatic tension and sustain interest throughout. Audiophiles will be most taken by the richness of the colors, the spaciousness and depth of the orchestra, and the crispness of the details, which are easily appreciated in the distinct separation of parts. Järvi balances the sections with an ear for transparency and avoids creating overly lush textures, so Tchaikovsky's music sounds fresh and lucid through the most natural means. Yet this is a full reading that conveys all the excitement and passion of the story, and all the emotions Tchaikovsky suggested in the music are convincingly conveyed in this compelling performance.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
1 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:35 Amazon
2 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 04:09 Amazon
3 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 03:56 Amazon
4 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:37 Amazon
5 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 04:22 Amazon
6 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:43 Amazon
7 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:37 Amazon
8 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:47 Amazon
9 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:29 Amazon
10 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:05 Amazon
11 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:53 Amazon
12 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:22 Amazon
13 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 08:53 Amazon
14 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 06:55 Amazon
15 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 05:00 Amazon
16 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:56 Amazon
17 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 06:45 Amazon
18 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:59 Amazon
19 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 03:44 Amazon
20 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:30 Amazon
21 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 07:49 Amazon
22 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:43 Amazon
23 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:47 Amazon
24 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:53 Amazon
25 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:55 Amazon
26 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:41 Amazon
27 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:32 Amazon
28 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:49 Amazon
29 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:15 Amazon
30 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
1 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 05:29 Amazon
2 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 04:45 Amazon
3 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:36 Amazon
4 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:33 Amazon
5 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:45 Amazon
6 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:01 Amazon
7 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 06:09 Amazon
8 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 05:42 Amazon
9 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:26 Amazon
10 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 03:08 Amazon
11 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 04:22 Amazon
12 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:31 Amazon
13 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:06 Amazon
14 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:47 Amazon
15 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:46 Amazon
16 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:43 Amazon
17 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:45 Amazon
18 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:58 Amazon
19 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:07 Amazon
20 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:54 Amazon
21 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:45 Amazon
22 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:30 Amazon
23 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:10 Amazon
24 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:47 Amazon
25 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:59 Amazon
26 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:13 Amazon
27 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 00:10 Amazon
28 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:33 Amazon
29 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 04:46 Amazon
30 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:03 Amazon
31 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:59 Amazon
32 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 01:27 Amazon
33 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:10 Amazon
34 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 05:51 Amazon
35 James Ehnes / Neeme Järvi 02:41 Amazon
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