Tchaikovsky: Serenade; Ballet Music
Anatole Fistoulari
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4829366
Barcode
00028948293667
Format
2-CD
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PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)

CD 1
1–13 Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Highlights)
14–17 Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48*

CD 2
1–8 The Nutcracker: Suite, Op. 71a°
9–23 Sleeping Beauty (Highlights)

Concertgebouworkest (Swan Lake)
London Symphony Orchestra (Serenade, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty)
Anatole Fistoulari

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA
° FIRST INTERNATIONAL CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 23e. Pas de quatre: Variation IV (Diamond Fairy)
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 4: No. 29 Scène finale. Andante
Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48, TH 48: 4. Finale (Tema russo): Andante - Allegro con spirito
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 2: No. 13d Danse des petits cygnes. Allegro moderato
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 2: No. 13e Danse des cygnes
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 3: No. 20 Danse hongroise (Czárdás)
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 3: Pas de deux
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 3: No. 24 Scène. Allegro - Valse - Allegro vivo
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 4: No. 27 Danses des petits cygnes. Moderato
Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48, TH 48: 1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2f. Dance of the Reed-Pipes
Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48, TH 48: 2. Walzer: Moderato. Tempo di valse
Serenade for String Orchestra in C Major, Op. 48, TH 48: 3. Elégie: Larghetto elegiaco
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12: Introduction
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 1: No. 1 Scène. Allegro giusto
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 1: No. 2 Valse (Corps de Ballet)
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 1: No. 8 Danse des coupes. Tempo di polacca
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 2: No. 10 Scène. Moderato
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 3. Waltz of the Flowers
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2e. Chinese Dance (Tea)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 24. Pas de caractère (Puss in Boots)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 1: 8a. Pas d'action: Introduction. Andante - Adagio ("Rose Adagio")
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 25a. Pas de quatre: Adagio
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 28e. Pas de deux: Coda. Allegro vivace (The Three Ivans)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 29. Sarabande
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 30. Finale: Allegro brillante - Apothéose
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13: Introduction - Act I: Marche
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 1: 5. Scène (The Palace Garden)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 1: 6. Valse
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 1: 8c. Pas d'action: Variation d'Aurore
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2d. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 2: 15a. Pas d'action (Vision of Aurora)
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 2: 17. Panorama. Andantino
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Act 3: 22. Polacca. Allegro moderato
The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66, TH 13, Prologue: 3h. Pas de six: Variation VI (Lilac Fairy) (Waltz)
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 1. Miniature Overture
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2a. March
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2b. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a, TH 35: 2c. Russian Dance (Trepak)
Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH 12, Act 2: No. 11 Scène. Allegro moderato
Recording information

Recording Producers: Christopher Raeburn, Ray Minshull (Swan Lake); Vittorio Negri (Serenade, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty)
Balance Engineers: Alan Abel, Kenneth Wilkinson (Swan Lake); Vittorio Negri (Serenade, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty)
Recording Locations: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22–23 February 1961 (Swan Lake); Wembley Town Hall, London, UK, 10–13 January 1962 (Sleeping Beauty), 13–14 November 1962 (The Nutcracker, Serenade)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Releases: Decca LXT 5648 / SXL 2285 (Swan Lake: October 1961); 835143AY (Sleeping Beauty: May 1963); SDAL503 / D88126-27Y (The Nutcracker: September 1967); 836251VZ (Serenade: 1963; not released in the US or UK until February 1964 on Mercury Wing MGW14040 / SRW18040)

Reviews

‘[A] bright, exceptionally clean-lined reading. Though he has had wide experience as a ballet conductor, Fistoulari prefers here to treat the music in concert fashion. The recorded sound is very good, with considerable spaciousness imparted by stereo.’ High Fidelity, September 1961 (Swan Lake)

‘I doubt if any other disc of Swan Lake bits and pieces has such wonderful quality.’ Gramophone, October 1961 (Swan Lake)

‘Fistoulari is a marvellous Tchaikovsky ballet conductor.’ Gramophone, December 1976

‘Fistoulari is one of the major ballet conductors of our time, and his second Sleeping Beauty recording contains much that is enjoyable.’ Fanfare, May 1981 (Sleeping Beauty)