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Fragments from "Swan Lake" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

by Sergei Zagny

Valse 04:33
Pas de deux 01:43
Danse russe 03:37
Valse 2 02:15


“Fragments from Swan Lake” had its origins in the ”Swan Lake” theatre project of the Von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn, the authors of the project being Sasha Pepelyaev and Peeter Jalakas. The initial idea was as follows: to preserve Tchaïkovski’s music so far as possible, while stripping out the excessive emotion and overblown sentimentality we now find so embarrassing. Further modifications were made while working on the project, some dictated by technical requirements (instead of a full orchestra, only a chamber group was available), others directed at overcoming the “pristine simplicity” expressed by the score by introducing a number of signs of “aristocratic abundance”, such as transpositions, counterpoint, transitions, etc. Some modifications help to bring out connections and parallels: for example, the piece is sometimes unexpectedly crowned by a cadence in the spirit of the 15th century, while on occasion, almost imperceptibly, a quotation from a Bruckner symphony emerges. Absence of modification also represents an important aspect. Many episodes and, sometimes, entire works have remained almost in their original form. Outwardly almost unchanged, they are rewritten, re-read or listened to afresh and thereby endowed inwardly with another meaning (cf. Borges’s story “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote”). The absence of modifications renders particularly acute the problem of authorship and the associated problem of novelty, both of which are of fundamental importance in relation to the present work.


released May 14, 2013

NYYD Ensemble:

Mihkel Peäske – flute
Kalev Kuljus – oboe
Madis Kari – clarinet
Peeter Sarapuu – bassoon
Vigo Uusmäe – horn
Priit Aimla – trumpet
Eduard Akulin – trombone
Madis Metsamart - percussion
Jana Peäske – piano
Harry Traksmann – violin I
Terje Raidmets – violin II
Arvo Haasma – viola
Leho Karin – violoncello
Jüri Lepp – double bass
Toomas Vavilov – conductor


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