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This was one of the first recordings of the complete Swan Lake. A Melodiya recording, so it has bounced around from label to label. Rozhdestvensky was criticized by some balletomanes as being too fast to dance. But the Bolshoi gave many performances with Rozhdestvensky conducting this score, and he does not indulge the dance tempos too much. Instead of the distortions frequently taken, he follows a musical approach that is sensible and fluid. The sound is a bit in your face, but not seriously.
# Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
# Vinyl (1969)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# Label: Melodiya
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 3.09 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
This 1969 recording is, hands down, the best complete Swan Lake out there, but I would venture to guess that most collectors don’t know about it. It was recorded in the USSR and released on a Russian label, and now it’s out of print. It has been called the reference recording by a number of critics, including those at Gramophone and Classics Today, and I agree with them. Unsurprisingly, the complete recordings that get the attention are from the likes of Dutoit, Sawalisch, Ozawa, Gergiev, Bonynge, and others who gave solid renditions that are also easily available. I’ve heard most of them at one point or another and always return to Rozhdestvensky. I’m not going to detail exactly why this is the best interpretation. If you’re reading this and know the ballet, you know what a good performance should sound like. You know it has to get the tempos right, flow from beginning to end, be dramatic at the right places and refined at the right places, communicate a sense of structure and development, etc.
When this stunning recording was first released on LP in the late 1960s, Stereo Review named it the best recording of the work, and they didn’t lie. Somewhere between the LP release and the later reissue on CD in the 1980s, the name of the orchestra had changed from the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra to the USSR TV & Radio Large Symphony Orchestra, but the recording is the same and still every bit as thrilling as it was on LP. There are many recordings of this work, and while a number of them are outstanding, none has displaced Rozhdestvensky’s breathtaking account. It’s a hard to find item on vinyl nowadays. Also on CD, because out of print. A shame!
Analyzed folder: /96k Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake – Rozhdestvensky
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -0.84 dB -19.44 dB sideA Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
DR13 -0.39 dB -17.67 dB sideB Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
DR14 -0.31 dB -20.04 dB sideC Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
DR14 -0.30 dB -19.16 dB sideD Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
DR14 -0.35 dB -19.70 dB sideE Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
DR12 -0.34 dB -17.51 dB sideF Swan Lake, Op.20.wav
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR13
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If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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