Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake suite, Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen suite - Pletnev

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake suite, Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen suite - Pletnev

EuroArts  2011067 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake suite (arr. Pletnev)
Bizet/Shchedrin: Carmen suite

Rachmaninoff International Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

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Comments (6)

Comment by hiredfox - February 4, 2024 (1 of 6)

Interesting new release. New label, new orchestra, Is this a way around sanctions?

Comment by John Broggio - February 4, 2024 (2 of 6)

I understand that MP was "relieved" of running the RNO due to a lack of supportive comments about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and that this is his response; nothing to do with avoiding sanctions AFAIK.

On the musical front, I hope the Shchedrin is every bit as good as his first recording - it's a wonderful showpiece for strings and percussion.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - February 6, 2024 (3 of 6)

From their website:

"In August 2022, the musicians of the Rachmaninoff International Orchestra gathered in Bratislava for their debut recording under the baton of founder and artistic director Mikhail Pletnev. The orchestra recorded Swan Lake by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Carmen Suite by Rodion Shchedrin, in honor of his 90th birthday this year. The recording was produced by Polyhymnia for San Francisco Classical Recording Company. Forthcoming recordings include the complete piano concertos and symphonies of Sergei Rachmaninoff in celebration of his 150th anniversary year in 2023".

Comment by DYB - February 21, 2024 (4 of 6)

The San Francisco Classical Recording Company has also "sponsored" a few opera recordings for PentaTone over the past few years.

Comment by DYB - February 21, 2024 (5 of 6)

John Broggio, from what I've read that sounds right. Pletnev was essentially fired from RNO and moved to Switzerland in 2022. In an interview posted on the orchestra's web-site Pletnev says Putin's government wanted to turn RNO into a state orchestra. The Rachmaninoff International Orchestra is his new endeavor because it sounds like he is not welcome in Russia or with the RNO.

Comment by John Broggio - March 24, 2024 (6 of 6)

This conductors extraordinary affinity with ballet music is undiminished and it is a joy to hear the Shchedrin in hi-res sound. These performances suggest it would be quite something if MP were able to traverse the major Russian ballet scores on (hi-res) discs.