Tchaikovsky: Serenade & Ballet Music (2CD)
The Tchaikovsky ballet score recordings conducted for Decca and Philips by the Ukrainian-born Anatole Fistoulari (1907-1995) are prized ‘among the finest ever made’ (Gramophone). As a companion issue to his first, abridged versions of Swan Lake (4825225) and Sleeping Beauty (4827223), this newly remastered set offers another trio of complete LP albums, all stereo recordings from the early 1960s: highlights from Swan Lake made in Amsterdam in 1961, and LSO recordings from 1962 of highlights from Sleeping Beauty, the familiar suite from The Nutcracker and the evergreen Serenade for Strings which only received a limited first release on LP.
1–13 Swan Lake, Op. 20 (Highlights)
14–17 Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48*
1–8 The Nutcracker: Suite, Op. 71a°
9–23 Sleeping Beauty (Highlights) Concertgebouworkest (Swan Lake) London Symphony Orchestra (Serenade, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty) Anatole Fistoulari