Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10 Overall Impression 10
Christof Jetzschke - Klassik-Heute.com - 12 February 2010
"For pure excitement and powerful orchestral articulation, this version of Swan Lake sweeps the board."
Stephen Habington - Classical Music Sentinel - March 2010
Artistic Quality 9 Sound Quality 9
"This is a performance that ballet lovers and Tchaikovsky fans alike can appreciate and enjoy without hesitation."
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - March 2010
"The Russian orchestra has the right sound and virtuosity to do justice to it. Ondine’s engineering is superb - a quality issue!"
Robert Benson - Classical CD Review - March 2010
"All sections of the Russian National Orchestra play with immense virtuosity and cope with their conductor’s demands with admirable aplomb and (the) technical team, headed by Rainer Maillard, has certainly produced a spectacular and glittering recording."
Rob Maynard - MusicWeb-International - 10 June 2010
François Dru - Diapason - June 2010
"With his Russian National Orchestra on devastating form, Pletnev does it supremely well ... It’s a superb achievement."
Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 8 April 2010
Excellent performance and recording. However the notes in the booklet give a skimpy account of the story being played out on stage. With a full length performance this is inexcusable. For example, Siegfried isn't just following the swans to the lake because he is in a huff about being told to marry suitably rather than for love. He is going off with his friends to hunt the swans because it is great sport and he loves it. The wonderful dance of the swans is their expression of gratitude for his preventing their slaughter, once he understood who they were and had sworn his love of Odette. Makes a big difference to know this. And what is the storm all about in Act IV? No explanation. This is not good enough for £20. The NAXOS recordings have much better notes.
Superb performances by Pletnev and the RNO. But buyers BEWARE: When you click "Add All" you are only adding one disc. For the second disc you must scroll down and add it separately. So the cost for FLAC is 9.99 per disc, not for the whole recording.