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Penguin Guide, January 2009

A very Russian performance of Swan Lake on Naxos, superbly recorded. The playing is idiomatic, polished and exiting, with the unnamed solo violinist making an excellent contribution; but the whole orchestra are on their toes. This is not a relaxed performance but once in which there is plenty of charm and character, and free-running adrenalin too. A real bargain.

John France
MusicWeb International, June 2003

"The physical presentation of this Naxos CD is very good... I have no complaints about the sound or the playing of the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under their conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky. It is superb... What we have in this Naxos recording is a fine concert performance that allows us to concentrate on the music without having to superimpose movement, colour [sic] and narrative. Although we can if we want to - and it is excellent too!", April 2003

"The ensemble playing is generally excellent, and some of the unnamed first-desk players are wonderful - notably the trumpeter in the "Neapolitan Dance" in Act Ill...At nearly two-and-a-half hours - suitable for what is formally called a "Grand Ballet" - the music in this version is about as complete as you are likely to find. The liner notes (excellent ones are a Naxos specialty) make it possible to follow the stage action throughout...The waltzes, with which this ballet overflows, have a lovely lilt here, and the character pieces (which range from a surprisingly slow "Russian Dance" to goblet and dwarf dances) are effective...There is a great deal to like in this well-priced Swan Lake..."

Peter Dobrin
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2003

"The orchestra is full of interesting colors, and, under Yablonsky gives the familiar melodic material considerable direction and shape. There is something wonderfully human about the interpretive ideas that makes these performances so interesting."

Sound and Vision Magazine, February 2003

"Here, the Russian State Symphony under Dmitry Yablonsky brings the full score to life in a vital and idiomatic performance. The ensemble playing is first class and numerous solo passages are rendered in virtuoso style. This is an essential acquisition for all admirers of P.I. Tchaikovsky's ballets."

Ivan March
Gramophone, January 2003

"Let me say immediately that this new complete Swan Lake is thoroughly recommendable, and most enjoyable, both as a performance and recording. The Russian State Symphony Orchestra is obviously thoroughly at home in this glorious music. So is their excellent conductor, Dmitry Yablonsky, whose tempi can hardly be faulted.

Throughout the four acts, Tchaikovsky's magnificent score is presented spontaneously and excitingly, vividly underlining the coherence of this masterpiece. The Russian solo playing is consistently impressive: Act 2's 'Dances of the Swans' (with fine solo violin and cello contributions) are as vivid as the national dances of Act 4. The orchestra is set back realistically and the effect is always convincing, suitably brilliant with good range and atmosphere and arresting climaxes (the Russian trumpets are especially striking)."

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