Bargain Box: Slatkin’s Tchaikovsky Ballets

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Leonard Slatkin conducts Tchaikovsky Ballets

Leonard Slatkin recorded the three Tchaikovsky ballet music scores in the 1980’s-1990’s for RCA. The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake get a lush, great sounding recording from Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. These are treated like true symphonic works, not just ballet pieces, and are my favorite incarnations of complete music recordings. I think these recordings have been forgotten since their first release, and it is nice to get all of them together in one set.Currently around $25, this is a good deal and wonderful performances.

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