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27-11-99, 03:23 PM (GMT)
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"Cheap Tchaikovsky CDs"
   I noticed in my annual trawl round HMV that they've got a special offer on a boxed set of the three Tchaikovsky ballets (full recordings) by André Previn/London Symphony Orchestra - around the £15 mark, if I remember rightly. Considering that the same recording of Sleeping Beauty alone was going for around £20, it's an incredible bargain, and I can certainly vouch for the quality of the Nutcracker recording. Worth a look if you've got a decent-sized branch near you.

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  RE: Cheap Tchaikovsky CDs Eugene Merrrett 28-11-99 1
  RE: Cheap Tchaikovsky CDs David Leonard 28-11-99 2

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Eugene Merrrett

28-11-99, 00:11 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Cheap Tchaikovsky CDs"
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   May I add that I was listening to a DG recording of Swan Lake with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphoy Orchestra done in 1979.

What struck me was the amazing quality sound that puts the newer digital recording to shame. It had a rich full blooded sound with great depth in the soundstage. But recording is an artform just like performing.

In fact it was so good that I am going to get the same orchestra and conductors recording of Prokofiev R and J even though I have a good half dozen recordings in my collection. I assume it will be done by the same engineers and at same venue.

His interpretation is much more symphonic then balletic. This is definitely not a Swan Lake to dance to (incontrast to John Lanchberry's harder driven recording)

Andre Previn recordings are also very good (again more symphonic and lyrical then rythmic) as well but they were recorded in 1973 and the sound quality is not even close to the Ozawa BSO recordings (from experience HMV and Teldec have consistenly poorer sound then the competition)

Ozawa's recording is on DG doubles and is about £14

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David Leonard

28-11-99, 08:29 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Cheap Tchaikovsky CDs"
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   The Previn set is indeed a stunning bargain: it's presumably EMI's reply to Decca's recent issue of the same music by Richard Bonynge, at almost twice the price.
It's also worth pointing out that Previn's Swan Lake is one of the few to include the cut pas de deux which Balanchine used for his Tchaikovsky pas de deux.

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