Mikhail Pletnev / Russian National Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

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This 2010 recording of Tchaikovsky's eternally popular Swan Lake ballet, with Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra might be ideal for dancing, but it is less ideal purely as a listening experience. On the whole, and in most of its parts, theirs is a highly dramatic and very fast-paced performance, filled with plenty of vigor, energy, color, and contrast. The score requires more pathos and bathos than depth and profundity, and Pletnev elicits from the Russian musicians a sweetly soulful and wholly polished performance. But this version misses the lightness and buoyancy of Gennady Rozhdestvensky's classic account of the work, a performance that sacrifices none of the work's drama, and allowing it space to dance. Pletnev's recording has many virtues, though, and the listener may find a place on the shelf for both his and Rozhdestvensky's versions. Ondine's sound is clean and lush, with plenty of detail.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Swan Lake, Op. 20
1 3:04 Amazon
2 2:49
3 7:06
4 3:34
5 2:07
6 2:54
7 1:17
8 1:10
9 1:09
10 1:31
11 2:34
12 5:41
13 1:32
14 1:49
15 2:06
16 0:49
17 5:31
18 2:48
19 3:00
20 5:04
21 3:07
22 2:21
23 1:48
24 2:17
25 1:26
26 6:45
27 1:30
28 1:41

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Swan Lake, Op. 20
1 2:53
2 2:34
3 2:30
4 7:51
5 1:37
6 2:37
7 1:12
8 3:10
9 0:41
10 0:57
11 1:32
12 1:39
13 2:59
14 2:42
15 2:00
16 4:04
17 3:40
18 2:22
19 2:35
20 5:01
21 2:54
22 6:26
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