Tchaikovsky's three sumptuous ballet scores are also three of his supreme masterpieces, as remarkable for their emotional content as for the beauty of their melodies and orchestration. André Previn, who has described himself as "a complete romantic," became Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1968. He remained in the role for eleven years – something of a golden era – and in 2016 was named the LSO's Conductor Emeritus.
Sleeping Beauty is the third and last Tchaikovsky ballet to be re-released on LP in the famous versions by Previn and the LSO, after Nutcracker in 2016 and Swan Lake in 2017, which are among Warner Classics' bestselling titles. Remastered in 24-bit/96khz from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios in 2016, this reissue uses the iconic packshot and back illustrations made by Dick Ellescas for the three ballets when they were originally released.
First performed by the Russian Imperial Ballet at St. Petersburg in 1890, Sleeping Beauty was a crowning achievement for Tchaikovsky and the choreographer Marius Petipa, although its stature was not fully recognized until some time later. It has since become a repertory classic of most major ballet companies around the world.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
Andre Previn, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra