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Swan Lake
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Philharmonia

Swan Lake

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212064825
Catnr: SIGCD 648
Release date: 04 September 2020
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212064825
Catalogue number
SIGCD 648
Release date
04 September 2020
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About the album

A self-critical composer, Tchaikovsky once said “‘I listened to the Delibes ballet Sylvia... what charm, what elegance, what wealth of melody,
rhythm, and harmony. I was ashamed, for if I had known of this music then, I would not have written Swan Lake.” It is ironic that Tchaikovsky’s
own words should actually be applied to Swan Lake itself; “what charm, what elegance, what wealth of melody, rhythm, and harmony.”

Artist(s)

The Philharmonia Orchestra

In the 2019/20 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continued as Chief Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony and as Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen as Principal Conductor in 2021/22. Alongside these posts he retains his longstanding position as Chief Conductor with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland. His international profile continues to flourish. He debuted the season with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras in wide-ranging repertoire. He conducted the New York premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, and at the Concertgebouw he conducted the world premiere of Ariadne by Theo Verbey, as well as Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex. He has built a loyal following internationally after successful tour concerts last season with...
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In the 2019/20 season Santtu-Matias Rouvali continued as Chief Conductor of Gothenburg Symphony and as Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he succeeds Esa-Pekka Salonen as Principal Conductor in 2021/22. Alongside these posts he retains his longstanding position as Chief Conductor with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, close to his home in Finland. His international profile continues to flourish. He debuted the season with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras in wide-ranging repertoire. He conducted the New York premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Wires, and at the Concertgebouw he conducted the world premiere of Ariadne by Theo Verbey, as well as Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex.
He has built a loyal following internationally after successful tour concerts last season with Gothenburg Symphony in Vienna, where he returned in December to conduct the Wiener Symphoniker and Nicola Benedetti. In 2019/20 he returned to several orchestras across Europe, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.
Founded in 1945, the Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century. Based in London at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, and with a thriving national and international touring schedule, the Philharmonia creates thrilling performances for a global audience. Santtu-Matias Rouvali is the Orchestra’s sixth Principal Conductor, following in the footsteps of Otto Klemperer, Riccardo Muti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christoph von Dohnányi and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Philharmonia is a registered charity that relies on funding from a wide range of sources to deliver its programme and is proud to be generously supported by Arts Council England. It performs around 50 concerts a year at its Southbank Centre home. Under its key conductors, the Philharmonia has created a series of critically-acclaimed, visionary projects, distinctive for both their artistic scope and supporting live and digital content.
The Philharmonia is orchestra-in-residence at venues and festivals across England: Bedford Corn Exchange, De Montfort Hall in Leicester, The Marlowe in Canterbury, Anvil Arts in Basingstoke, the Three Choirs Festival in the West of England, and Garsington Opera. At the heart of the Orchestra’s residencies is an outreach and engagement programme that empowers people in every community to engage with, and participate in, orchestral music. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia’s reputation in part derives from its extraordinary recording legacy, which in the last 10 years has been built on by its pioneering work with digital technology. VR experiences featuring music by Sibelius, Mahler and Beethoven, placing the viewer at the heart of the orchestra, have been presented at Southbank Centre and internationally.

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Composer(s)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music.  He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous...
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Tchaikovsky is considered as one of the most talented Russian composers of the 19th century. Unlike many other Russian composers of his time, he studied at a conservatory and made the western music theory his own. So, he was not as distrustful of western music as the group of nationalistic composers surrounding Balakirev. Yet, Tchaikovsky sought to express the typical Russian mentality just as much and used many Russian folk songs in his music. He had a good relationship with Balakirev, who helped him with constructive feedback on his first masterpiece, the overture of Romeo and Juliet. At times, Tchaikovsky was emotionally unstable, which has often been attributed to struggles with his homosexuality. His decision to marry proved to be disastrous and plunged him into a deep crisis. Yet, the passionate letters of his fiance, even though they barely knew each other, did inspire him to compose his succesful opera Evgenij Onegin. Tchaikovsky had the wonderful gift of composing the most beautiful, lyric melodies. He had a feeling for creating a certain atmosphere in his music and mastered the art of orchestration. Moreover, he excelled in dance music, which made him the ideal composer for ballet. With his ballets The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker he brought the genre to a higher level. During his life, he was already a celebrity. He often did tours to conduct his music and in the USA he was welcomed as a star. He died unexpectedly, nine days after the premiere of his incredibly gloomy Sixth Symphony, probably of cholera. Some other highlights of his body of works are his First Piano Concerto, his Violin Concerto and the Rococo-variations.
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01.
Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 2, Valse
07:29
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 4, Pas de trois: I. Intrada
02:31
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 4, Pas de trois: II. Andante sostenuto
02:48
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
04.
Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 4, Pas de trois: III. Allegro semplice
01:14
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
05.
Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 8, Dance of the Goblets: Tempo di polacca
03:57
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act I: No. 10, Scene: Moderato
02:57
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act II: No. 13, Dance of the Cygnets: IV. Allegro moderato
01:29
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act III: No. 18, Scene: Allegro
01:42
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act III: No. 19, Pas de six: III. Moderato – IV. Allegro
01:03
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act III: No. 19b, Pas de deux: I. Introduction
04:17
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act III: No. 21, Spanish Dance: Allegro non troppo (Tempo di bolero)
02:47
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act III: No. 22, Neapolitan Dance: Allegro moderato – Andantino
02:24
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Excerpts): Act IV: No. 29, Finale: Andante – allegro agitato – Moderato e
07:12
(Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra
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