TCHAIKOVSKY Ballet Suites / Karajan


Ballet Suites:
Swan Lake
The Sleeping Beauty
The Nutcracker
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan
Int. Release 03 Feb. 2014
1 Blu-ray Audio
0289 478 5028 1
High Fidelity Pure Audio

Track List

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake (Suite), Op.20a, TH 219

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Josef Sivo, Emanuel Brabec, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Nutcracker Suite, Op.71a, TH.35

The Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op.66a, TH.234

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Total Playing Time 1:08:31

The Karajan suites from the three great Tchaikovsky ballets have long been a standard recording and an absolute must for any classical collection worth its salt . . . Karajan adds a degree of anticipatory breathlessness that puts these readings in a class all by themselves. The sound has never been better -- though even the Decca CDs were quite high level in this regard -- and this is one release that simply begs to be acquired.

Karajan's performances in these Decca recordings are very dramatic, sharply pointed rhythmically, and more symphonic than balletic . . . The sound is, not surprisingly, big and dramatic with a wide, deep soundstage and plenty of wide open airiness . . . this is an excellent coupling with good sound and highly dramatic, symphonic interpretations.