Introduction & Act I, No. 1 Scene
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Swan Lake, Op. 20 (1877), Introduction & Act I, No. 1 Scène.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Лебединое озеро) premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on March 4, 1877. This original performance was poorly received by both critics and audience members, who considered Tchaikovsky’s score too complicated to dance to, although other aspects of the production were criticized as well, including the staging and performances. In 1895, two years after the composer’s death, a revival premiered in St. Petersburg, edited by Riccardo Drigo and choreographed by Julius Reisinger. Most modern productions of Swan Lake are based in some part on the 1895 revival version.