Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty Suite From the Ballet 180g Vinyl LP
Tchaikovsky The Sleeping Beauty Suite From the Ballet 180g Vinyl LP
Efrem Kurtz, an imposing figure on the podium, who, with a graceful baton-less technique drew exceptionally lyrical playing out of the orchestras he conducted and was in great demand for his native Russian repertoire. He recorded highlights from all three Tchaikovsky ballets for EMI in the late 1950s and they are all available again on LP from HIQ: Swan Lake is on HIQLP049 and The Nutcracker is on HIQLP051.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional ‘advance’ playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
“...the disc confirms the suspicion that Efrem Kurtz is probably the finest conductor of ballet music in the world, certainly the supreme exponent of Tchaikovsky’s ballets...A winner of a record.” - Gramophone, September 1960
In the review of the stereo LP in The Gramophone of November 1960, W.S.M. confirmed his initial thoughts: “It is an extremely enjoyable cross-cut of Sleeping Beauty, performed magnificently under a conductor who understands Tchaikovsky’s ballet music completely. Yehudi Menuhin contributes only one solo, but that [is] a most distinguished one. The stereo is perhaps rather warmer and vivid than the very acceptable mono...”
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features original album artwork
Yehudi Menuhin, violin solo
Efrem Kurtz, conductor
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66 (La Belle au Bois Dormant)
Suite from the Ballet
1. Introduction. Prologue: No. 2, Scene dansante. No. 3 Pas de six
2. No. 6: Valse
3. No. 8: Pas d'action
4. No. 22 Polonaise. No. 23: Pas de quatre
5. No. 25: Pas de quatre
6. No. 26: Pas de caractere
7. No. 28: Pas de dexu
8. No. 30: Finale et Apotheose
Recorded April 1958, Kingsway Hall, London.
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