All thanks fly to Jean-Luc for this beauty
Antal Dorati was the Tchaikovsky Ballet pioneer. For Mercury Living Presence, he made the first-ever recordings of the complete versions of the Russian composer’s three great ballets. But Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty were mono recordings; he did two versions of Nutcracker, one mono and one stereo. So this stereo remake of Tchaikovsky’s greatest ballet was highly anticipated, particularly as it features the incomparable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. True to form, the performance is magnificently played and warmly recorded. A no-brainer. — David Hurwitz.
Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Orchestra: Concertogebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Conductor: Antal Dorati
Number of Discs: 3
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 3.12 GB
To describe this recording as just ‘lovely’ is about as great an understatement as the Tsar merely observed: ‘Very charming’ after the premiere of “The Sleeping Beauty” in 1890. It’s also a serious misunderstanding of the purpose of the recording of a ballet score, which is never intended to accompany a performance. What Antal Dorati proves beyond all is exactly that this music can stand on its own, without the support of the dancers on the stage.
Antal Dorati and the Concertgebouw Orchestra present here simply one of the very best recordings of “The Sleeping Beauty”. With its unique rendition of the orchestral colour, the dramatic flow, the theatrical eloquence, and the ever correct characterisations, this release stands out, leaving most of the competition behind.
The Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam is definitely one of the world’s finest ensembles and quite ideal for this kind of repertoire, moreover, magnificently recorded in the warm acoustics of the Concertgebouw itself during the final years of the analogue era. The clarity of instrumental detail, the transparency of the sound image (just listen to the buildup in the famous ‘Rose adagio’ from Act 1), are nothing short of ideal, while the superbly played solos (Jean Decroos and Theo Olof) are convincingly blended within the ensemble.
This recording version remains a clear first choice for anyone wishing to explore one of the greatest orchestral works of the 19th century.
Analyzed folder: /96k Tchaikowsky – The Sleeping Beauty
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.52 dB -20.68 dB sideA.aif
DR15 -0.70 dB -21.48 dB sideB.aif
DR15 -0.22 dB -20.73 dB sideC.aif
DR15 -0.39 dB -23.57 dB sideD.aif
DR15 -0.39 dB -20.19 dB sideE.aif
DR13 -0.26 dB -18.59 dB sideF.aif
Number of files: 6
Official DR value: DR15
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