HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Peter Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake, Complete Recording (Ansermet)

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# Composer: Peter Tschaikowsky
# Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyls (1959)
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN CD: B00000422S
# Size: 1.58 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Once a front-line conductor for Decca, Ernest Ansermet is now overlooked, even though at his best he had no rivals in the French-Russian repertoire he specialized in. Only Markevitch and Monteux consitently performed at this high level. Ansermet’s best work was probably in the Fifties, and this 1959 Swan Lake, in wonderful sound despite being on a budget line, is a fine example.

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, based in Geneva, was Ansermet’s private domain, and they follow his precise, detailed conducting superbly. Without mistaking them for the best musicians technically, one hears a Gallic tang and crispness that is very refreshing in music that easily turns sodden.

Given his reputation for precision, Ansermet delivers an affectionate, free-spirited performance, based on springy, alert dance rhythms. If you have been looking for a Swan Lake that sounds as if it comes from a great night at the balet instead of Carnegie Hall, I think this is a front-runner.

 Analyzed folder: /96k Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake – Anserment
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR12        -1.28 dB     -19.41 dB     A1 Introduction.wav
 DR13        -1.29 dB     -17.68 dB     A2 Nr. 1 Scene.wav
 DR11        -1.04 dB     -16.78 dB     A3 Nr. 2 Valse.wav
 DR11        -5.47 dB     -20.77 dB     A4 Nr. 4 Pas De Trois- Intrada.wav
 DR12        -1.26 dB     -18.80 dB     A5 Nr. 4 Pas De Trois- Allegro Semplice.wav
 DR11        -1.19 dB     -14.97 dB     A6 Nr. 4 Pas De Trois- Moderato.wav
 DR9        -1.30 dB     -17.86 dB     A7 Nr. 4 Pas De Trois- Allegro.wav
 DR11        -1.21 dB     -13.71 dB     A8 Nr. 4 Pas De Trois- Allegro Vivace.wav
 DR12        -13.98 dB     -30.26 dB     B1 Nr. 7 Sujet.wav
 DR13        -1.27 dB     -18.38 dB     B2 Nr. 8 Danse Des Coupes.wav
 DR10        -1.80 dB     -16.68 dB     B3 Nr. 9 Finale.wav
 DR13        -1.06 dB     -19.03 dB     B4 Nr. 11 Scene.wav
 DR12        -1.04 dB     -18.82 dB     B5 Nr. 12 Scene.wav
 DR15        -2.36 dB     -21.78 dB     B6 Nr. 13 Danses Des Cygnes- Tempo Di Valse.wav
 DR13        -1.00 dB     -26.71 dB     B7 Nr. 13 Danses Des Cygnes- Andante.wav
 DR13        -1.17 dB     -16.35 dB     C1 Nr. 13 Danses Des Cygnes- Tempo Di Valse.wav
 DR12        -2.56 dB     -20.92 dB     C2 Nr. 13 Danses Des Cygnes- Moderato Assai.wav
 DR12        -2.36 dB     -18.49 dB     C3 Nr. 13 Danses Des Cygnes- Coda.wav
 DR13        -1.01 dB     -17.19 dB     C4 Nr. 15 Scene Allegro Giusto.wav
 DR13        -0.79 dB     -19.28 dB     C5 Nr. 17 Scene (La Sortie Des Invites Et La Valse).wav
 DR13        -0.90 dB     -18.80 dB     C6 Nr. 18 Scene (Allegro).wav
 DR14        -2.75 dB     -21.07 dB     C7 Nr. 21 Danse Espagnole.wav
 DR13        -0.79 dB     -18.26 dB     C8 Nr. 22 Danse Napolitaine.wav
 DR11        -0.98 dB     -15.65 dB     D1 Nr. 23 Mazurka.wav
 DR12        -0.71 dB     -16.78 dB     D2 Nr. 20 Danse Ongroise.wav
 DR12        -0.90 dB     -18.30 dB     D3 Nr. 25 Pas De Deux – Intrada (Tempo Di Valse).wav
 DR14        -3.85 dB     -23.85 dB     D4 Nr. 25 Pas De Deux – Andante.wav
 DR11        -0.65 dB     -13.83 dB     D5 Nr. 25 Pas De Deux – Tempo Di Valse.wav
 DR12        -0.85 dB     -17.92 dB     D6 Nr. 25 Pas De Deux – Coda (Alegro Molto Vivace).wav
 DR11        -0.73 dB     -16.05 dB     D7 Nr. 28 Scene (Allegro Agitato).wav
 DR10        -0.45 dB     -13.91 dB     D8 Nr. 29 Finale (Andante-allegro Agitato).wav
 Number of files:    31
 Official DR value:    DR12

Ripping Infos

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II
  • System: Special Edition Denon DL 103
  • Phono stage: Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Connections: MIT Terminator, Audioquest Emerald, Audioquest Quartz
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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.

  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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18 thoughts on “HD-Vinyls 24/96 (Decca) Peter Tchaikowsky – Swan Lake, Complete Recording (Ansermet)

  1. Thanks for your labors audiophile!

    Rachmaninov, Does your HD give the sense you are sitting in the orchestra and in the wider hall simultaneously?
    Whatever, this is wonderful sound. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT.


  2. This is an excellent gem for an old hedonist. Thanks a lot A#*~@&§.. oops … sorry … Mr. Rachmaninov.

    Nice to see you at this side of the world, at this side of beautiful music too, I like very much what you are doing. Just listening to Muti’s Sheherazade with *wow* effect while waiting for the other 47 hints at the other side of the musical and geographic world.

    Love the net for making this possible.


  3. Thank you, wonderful quality!! it is unbelievable that it was recorded in 1959. it has very low noise too. it has almost the quality of today digital HD recordings. Thank you again.

  4. Dear Rach,

    I’ve checked the forum, and haven’t found it, so I just wanted to bring to your attention the Melodiya 1969 ‘Swan Lake’ recording by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the USSR RTV Large Symphony Orchestra.

    I have to admit that, tempi-wise, the Rozhdestvensky version would be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to dance (I’ve been a dancer and have danced Swan Lake on many occasions).

    But who gives a f*** about that, anyway, because what this version might lack in ‘danceable’ tempi, it greatly makes up for in matchless clarity, precision, and musicianship.

    I think it is truly is a precious gem (I do have it), and (IMO) it is by far the absolute best rendition of Swan Lake out there (the violin solo in Act I pas de deux, and the violin-cello duet in Act II pas de deux are phenomenal). Another big plus of this version is that it has some extra stuff that is usually not included in most recordings of Swan Lake.

    Also great is the 1979 BBC Symphony Orchestra recording of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, also under Rozhdestvensky (my favorite version of ‘Beauty’); or any other ballet conducted by Rozhdestvensky, for that matter (he was leading conductor of the Bolshoi Theater for many years).

    Be that as it may, I think these might be very valuable additions to this fantastic forum, and very well worth looking into if you have the chance 😉

    All the best, and thank you very much for tirelessly sharing these treasures with all of us. Please keep up the hard work in this fantastic forum!

    Mario 😀

    • I agree with you Rozhdestvensky plays the full score, not only interesting extra stuff, for instance Ansermet omitted “Pas de six” in act3 and numerous scenes. Rozhdestvensky’s recording is almost one hour longer(!) and his Swan Lake sounds like an opera without words instead of a sequence of dances. And yes the violin solo and violin-cello duet are phenomenal.

  5. Ansermet’s interpretation of this monumental work is for me the definitive one.
    This is my fourth version of this recording including one I made from an original LP.
    Of all, this is the best, thank you!

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