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weather: cloudy
outside: 8°C
mood: ecstatic
music: Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake, Act 3: No.20a: Danse Russe: Moderato & Andante Simplice
I feel like I've found an old friend and fallen in love all over again. And I know because this happens to me often with Husband Guy.

I had an old audio tape set of the complete Swan Lake Suite that was one of the very rare gifts from my parents. I was 10 or 12 at the time. I was completely mesmerized by the Moderato violin solo and the following Andante Simplice from the Danse Russe in Act III.

Audio tapes have no tracks that you can repeat like CDs, so I dubbed these two sections onto a 90 minute tape on its own. It was all of 3 minutes long, but I listened to it 30 times in a row, over and over. I couldn't figure out from the tape what exactly it was that I was listening to though. For the longest time, I thought it was Danses des Petits Cygnes from Act IV because it sounded so dainty and adorable.

But both tapes have been lost in the shuffle. I know there are people out there who will completely understand when I say: I know EXACTLY where they are, but they're not there... *arm wringing* =O

I'd been scouring the Internet MP3Land for it for a long time now. Part of the difficulty is the utter dingbats out there who misname classical music. No, people, the Moonlight Sonata is not a Mozart. =P I never knew what I would get if I downloaded an MP3 entitled "5w4n_1ak3.mp3" (which BTW, is the Techno Remix of the Finale).

Part of the problem was also that these two sections are two out of four movements of the Russian Dance in the suite. The first three movements, the Moderato, Andante and the Allegro, are often cut in the ballet productions (apparently, much to the chagrin of Tchaikovsky, himself, and Mme. Nadezhda von Meck, who both really liked the first two movements as well). So, it would be missing from most CD compilations which I would guess are mostly based off the ballets. The Presto is the only thing that most people associate with "the Russian Dance". Only complete recordings of Swan Lake would have what I want.

And I found it! *bouncie* =)

The one I have right now is a Vanessa Mae recording with the New Belgian Chamber Orchestra/Nicholas Cleobury. I don't like it as much as my original. The technique, inflection and passions are just not there. In fact, I'm almost positive now that my original was an Itzhak Perlman solo. It could not have been anyone else.


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