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Pentatone’s characteristic lush sound coupled with pristine clarity enables Swan Lake, heard here in its 1877 world premiere version, to make its full emotional point. Jurowski’s finely-tuned ear and his sense of detail coupled with an urgency to his music-making comes through in spades here. Each movement holds its own character, but there is also a palpable feeling that Jurowski is working on the large-scale, too. In this original edition, the effect is of a discernible symphonic canvas within which there is a pageant of sound paintings, from majesty (Pas de deux IV, act one) to the sustaining of the brightest light ( Danse des coupes) to pure spirit of the dance. Superb individual contributions (oboe, cello, trumpet in particular) are the icing on the cake.

Two super-long SACDs, superbly recorded with radiant playing make this a must; a modern-day equal to the likes of Fedoseyev, Rozhdestvensky and Svetlanov.

COLIN CLARKE Read the full review on Agora Classica


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