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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Music Highlights / Petrenko, et al

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Vasily Petrenko, the 31-year old Russian maestro who took over a year ago as principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a surprise decision, triumphed at the 2007 Gramophone Awards where he was honored as Young Artist of the Year. Avie is pleased to release Maestro Petrenko's second recording with the RLPO in a program of selections from the three major ballets of Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

BBC Music Magazine
Vasily Petrenko demonstrates his qualities in choice selections from Tchaikovsky's masterful ballet scores, characterising every moment while his orchestra brings their colours to vibrant life.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Vasily Petrenko was a shrewd choice of principal conductor for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His promise is clear, his reputation growing. These bonbons from the Tchaikovsky ballets don't offer too many surprises in terms of choice (except perhaps the exclusion of the "Rose Adagio" from Sleeping Beauty) but they do clearly demonstrate the difference Petrenko is already making to the quality of the RLPO playing.

Essentially it's a personalisation process where the articulation of the wind voices (listen, for instance, to the "Entrée" from the Bluebird Pas de quatre in Sleeping Beauty) takes on a really idiomatic colour and cast and the string-playing sounds freer and fuller. Petrenko's watchwords are shape and purpose and clarity; there is an elegance and inner life to the playing making everything sound freshly minted. The three great waltzes are pivotal, of course, and they glide across Tchaikovsky's imperial ballroom with all due suavity and opulence.

The Swan Lake highlights wipe the floor with Gergiev's pale showing in the complete ballet (Decca): the nobility of the horns emblazoned across the opening Scene, the swagger and sophistication of the national dances with a brilliant trumpet solo in the Danse napolitaine and a delightfully folksy lilt to the contrasting Trio of the Mazurka.

The climactic modulation of the Lilac Fairy's spellbinding pronouncement that love will redeem all is nailed with all the assurance of a young master, but what is thus far missing if you compare someone like Rostropovich in this music (his Sleeping Beauty highlights with the Berlin Philharmonic on DG are simply sensational) is the stamp of real temperament, a daring born of long and intimate familiarity. Give him time. All the signs are favourable.

Gramophone Magazine
These bonbons from the Tchaikovsky ballets... clearly demonstrate the difference Petrenko is already making to the quality of the RLPO playing. Petrenko's watchwords are shape and purpose and clarity; there is an elegance and inner life to the playing making everything sound freshly minted. The Swan lake highlights wipe the floor with Gergiev's pale showing in the complete ballet the nobility of the horns emblazoned across the opening Scene, the swagger and sophistication of the national dances... and a delightfully folksy lilt to the contrasting Trio of the Mazurka.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Scène
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Valse
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Danse des cygnes
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Danse hongroise
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Danse espagnole
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Danse napolitaine
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake :: Mazurka
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (09/19/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Introduction
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Pas de quatre (L'oiseau bleu). Entrée
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Pas de quatre (L'oiseau bleu). Variation de l'oiseau bleu
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Pas de quatre (L'oiseau bleu). Variation de la princesse Florin
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Pas de quatre (L'oiseau bleu). Coda
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66a :: Valse
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Ouverture miniature
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Marche
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse de la Fée Dragée
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse Russe (Trépak)
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse Chinoise
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Danse des Mirlitons
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Valse des fleurs
  • Conductor: Vasily Petrenko
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (12/07/2005-12/08/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Studio/Live: Live