Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20 - Complete Ballet - Netherlands RPO/Fistoulari
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KHCD-2013-042-2CDDL (STEREO) - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Ballet in 4 acts, Op. 20 - Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/Anatole Fistoulari - Ruggiero Ricci, solo violin - Rare 3-LP recording of the complete Swan Lake ballet, with legendary ballet conductor Anatole Fistoulari leading the very responsive Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in a compelling interpretation. This recording features the restoration (by Peter March of the Tchaikovsky Foundation) of a pas de deux sequence in Act III. The Phase Four recording varies in balances, and, of course, replete with spotlighting of solo work, especially Ruggiero Ricci's otherwise sensitively played portions. I have added a discreet bit of reverb, mostly to offset the obviously artificial Phase Four reverb that tended to ring off into the right channel - something I have never understood Decca/London condoning in the Phase Four series. Thanks to Toby Hoffman for lending the LP set from his personal collection. Download includes CD artwork.