"...Järvi gives us a version that’s certainly more complete that are a number of others. What I can say is that of the four recordings of the score which I am familiar, Järvi’s would now be my first choice, and taking all other factors into account - superb playing by the Bergan Philharmonic, James Ehns’s beguiling solo violin contributions, and a killer recording - I’d extrapolate from this that Järvi’s Swan Lake is now the one to have."
Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2014
“This is a lively and characterful Swan Lake from Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra… The Bergen Philharmonic savour the colour and contour of the dances and have been caught by the Chandos team in a recording that has bite and presence. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece in dance is presented in a compelling manner to please all the senses. A very fine swan indeed.”
Adrian Edwards – Gramophone magazine – March 2014
“…Spectacular recording quality allows us to appreciate just how good the Bergen Philharmonic’s playing is. There’s a marvellous cornet solo from Gary Peterson in Act 3’s sequence of national dances, and Johannes Wik’s harp playing is a source of continual delight. James Ehnes’s star turn as guest violin soloist is a bonus. Unmissable, in other words.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 21 December 2013
"... Järvi ensures each individual scene or dance offers excitement, emotion and character and the Chandos sound has splendid depth and impact ... impressive playing from the Bergen orchestra and stylish solo violin contributions from James Ehnes ..."
Ian Julier - International Record Review - December 2013
Performance ***** Recording *****
"... Ehnes has more to do in this ballet than he had in Sleeping Beauty; he is superb throughout, raising the ’Danse Russe’ into a smouldering display of Gypsy-style virtuosity. The Bergan Philharmonic offers the most polished playing, driven ny Järvi,,,"
Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2013
CD of the Week
“…The veteran Neeme Järvi gives us Swan Lake exactly as the composer intended; all 29 numbers from the original score, plus some supplementary pieces provided by the composer just after the premiere. But what really makes this set such a compelling purchase is not the impeccable musicology, but the exhilarating performance of all 155 minutes of this extraordinary score… Right from poor Odette’s opening oboe solo, the Bergen Philharmonic play most beautifully, confirming their fast-rising reputation. And it’s luxury casting by Chandos to bring in the Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes for the violin solos.” *****
David Mellor – The Mail on Sunday – 20 October 2013
"... Over two and a half hours of glorious music is here with an added attraction as the violin solos are played by the golden toned Canadian James Ehnes ..."
Peter Spaull - Liverpool Post 24 October 2013
"...There is music seldom heard here in the theatre ... his [Jarvi’s] light touch keeps the Bergen players on their toes. Ehnes glitters in his virtuoso solos."
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) - 13 October 2013
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