Neeme Järvi / James Ehnes

Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty

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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 02:35 Amazon
2 04:09 Amazon
3 03:56 Amazon
4 00:37 Amazon
5 04:22 Amazon
6 00:43 Amazon
7 00:37 Amazon
8 00:47 Amazon
9 00:29 Amazon
10 01:05 Amazon
11 00:53 Amazon
12 01:22 Amazon
13 08:53 Amazon
14 06:55 Amazon
15 05:00 Amazon
16 01:56 Amazon
17 06:45 Amazon
18 01:59 Amazon
19 03:44 Amazon
20 02:30 Amazon
21 07:49 Amazon
22 02:43 Amazon
23 01:47 Amazon
24 00:53 Amazon
25 00:55 Amazon
26 00:41 Amazon
27 00:32 Amazon
28 00:49 Amazon
29 00:15 Amazon
30 01:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

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