The Snow Maiden: Recordings

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This preliminary list of recordings of Tchaikovsky's music to The Snow Maiden does not claim to be exhaustive, but the following information is given, where known:

  • Ensemble. The names of the orchestras, choruses or chamber ensembles performing on the recording. These have been standardised according to our List of Orchestras.
  • Conductors. The name of the conductor of the orchestra or chorus.
  • Soloists. Names of solo performers, with their instruments or stage roles given in parentheses.
  • Date. The year of the recording. "Live" indicates a public performance.
  • Label. The name of the record label(s).
  • Number. The catalogue number of the disk.
  • Format. Whether this is a compact disk (CD), super audio compact disk (SACD), digital video disk (DVD), or vinyl record. LP indicates a 12-inch long-playing vinyl record at 33 rpm, otherwise the speed/size of the record are indicated. Performances on cassette or VHS tapes are not included in this discography.
  • Release. The year that the recording was released (which may be years or decades after the original recording was made).
  • Excerpts. If only part of a work is available in a recording, the relevant sections or movements are indicated (see key below table). If this column is blank then the work is understood to be a complete performance.
  • Version. Any different versions or arrangements of a work are indicated (see key below table). If this column is blank then the recording is understood to be of the composer's authorised version.

The symbol [*] indicates that a name is known or suspected to be a pseudonym for recording purposes. The true artists' names are given where these have been established.

No endorsement or criticism by the editors of this website should be inferred by the inclusion or omission of any recording from this listing. However, additions and corrections are welcome, and maybe sent to us at discography@tchaikovsky-research.net

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Ensemble Conductor Soloists Date Label Number For- mat Rel- ease Excerpts Ver- sion
Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra Popov, Viktor Bogacheva, Irina (Lel) 1981 Melodiya С10-15613 000 LP 1981 7
BBC Philharmonic Sinaisky, Vasily 2004 BBC Music Magazine BBC MM248 CD 2004 1, 10, 13
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra Ermler, Mark Altukhova, Yevgeniya (Lel) Melodiya С10 04981-2 LP 1974 7
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Stockholm Russian Chorus
Chistyakov, Andrey Erassova, Natalya (Lel)
Arkhipov, Aleksandr (Brusila)
Vasilyev, Nikolay (Frost)
1993 Harmonia Mundi 788 090 CD
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Stockholm Russian Chorus
Chistyakov, Andrey Erassova, Natalya (Lel)
Arkhipov, Aleksandr (Brusila)
Vasilyev, Nikolay (Frost)
1993 Le Chant du Monde LDC 288 090 CD
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Rachlevsky, Misha 1993 Claves CD 50-9317 CD 10
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Rachlevsky, Misha 1993 Claves CD 9317 CD 10
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Järvi, Neeme Mishura, Irina (mezzo-soprano) 1994 Chandos CHAN 241-44 CD 13, 7, 10
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
University of Michigan Choral Union
Järvi, Neeme Mishura-Lekhtman, Irina (Lel)
Grishko, Vladimir (Brusila)
1994 Chandos CHAN 9324 CD
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Järvi, Neeme 2002 Bis BIS-CD 1897/98 CD 1, 5(b), 10, 13
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Järvi, Neeme 2002 Bis BIS-SACD 1398 SACD 1, 5(b), 10, 13
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne Kitayenko, Dmitry 2011 Oehms Classics OC 027 CD 2015 1, 10, 12
Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne Kitayenko, Dmitry 2011 Oehms Classics OC 668 SACD 2012 1, 10, 13
Indiana University Wind Ensemble Cramer, Ray 2005 Mark Records 5888-MCD CD 13 D
Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Järvi, Kristjan Peebo, Annely (Lel)
Grivnov, Vsevolod (Brusila)
Sony Classical 88875176562 CD 2015
London Philharmonic Orchestra Rostropovich, Mstislav Vishnevskaya, Galina (Lel) 1976 EMI 4563392 CD 6
London Philharmonic Orchestra Rostropovich, Mstislav Vishnevskaya, Galina (Lel) 1976 EMI 7243 5 62653 2 CD 6
London Philharmonic Orchestra Rostropovich, Mstislav Vishnevskaya, Galina (Lel) 1976 EMI CMS 565716-2 CD 6
Moscow Chamber Orchestra Orbelian, Constantine Delos DE 3244 CD 1999 10
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Gauk, Aleksandr Dolukhanova, Zara (Lel) 1951 Preiser 89066 CD 6
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Gauk, Aleksandr 1964 Melodiya 1577 51870-2 CD 1
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra Gauk, Aleksandr 1964 Mobile Fidelity MFCD 870 CD 1
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Provatorov, Gennady Simonova, Larissa (Lel)
Yelnikov, Yury (Brusila)
Lomonosov, Aleksandr (Frost)
1977 Aquarius AQ 0010-2 CD 1994 1, 5(b), 8, 10, 13, 18
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Provatorov, Gennady Simonova, Larissa (Lel)
Yelnikov, Yury (Brusila)
Lomonosov, Aleksandr (Frost)
1977 Le Chant du Monde LDC 278.904 CD 1989
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Provatorov, Gennady Simonova, Larissa (Lel)
Yelnikov, Yury (Brusila)
Lomonosov, Aleksandr (Frost)
1977 Melodiya С10 15519-22 LP 1981
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Provatorov, Gennady Simonova, Larissa (Lel)
Yelnikov, Yury (Brusila)
Lomonosov, Aleksandr (Frost)
1977 Melodiya С40 12445-50 LP 1979
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Capella
Golovchin, Igor Okolysheva, Yelena (Lel)
Mishenkin, Arkady (Brusila)
1996 Naxos 8.553856 CD 1997
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Capella
Golovchin, Igor Okolysheva, Yelena (Lel)
Mishenkin, Arkady (Brusila)
1996 Naxos 8.558040-46 CD
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Moscow Capella
Golovchin, Igor 1996 Naxos 8.556785 CD 2003 17(b)
Moscow Virtousi Spivakov, Vladimir 1992 RCA 09026 61964-2 CD 10
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Kuchar, Theodore 2001 Naxos 8.555923 CD 2003 13
North Texas Wind Symphony Corporon, Eugene 1999 Mark Records 3144-MCD CD 13 C
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Melodiya С 561-2 LP 1963 13, 10 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Melodiya С20 06169-70 LP 1975 13, 10 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 432 000-2 CD 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 475 6610 SACD 2006 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 478 3556 CD 2011 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 478 356-6 CD 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 478 3826 LP 2012 13, 10 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 478 7237 CD 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury 480 5233 CD 2011 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Gnutov, Vitaly 1962 Mercury SR 90310 LP 2006 13 A
Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra Kalinin, Nikolay Melodiya С20 29485 001 LP 1990 13, 10 A
Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden Downes, Edward 1993 live Kultur D 1488 DVD 13
Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden Downes, Edward 1993 live Opus Arte OA1229BD DVD 2016 13
Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden Downes, Edward 1993 live Opus Arte OAR3110D DVD 13
Russian National Orchestra
Russian National Choir
Chistyakov, Andrey Erassova, Natalya (soprano)
Arkhipov, Aleksandr (tenor)
Vasilyev, Nikolay (baritone)
1993 Brilliant Classics 94038 CD
Russian National Orchestra
Russian National Choir
Chistyakov, Andrey Erassova, Natalya (soprano)
Arkhipov, Aleksandr (tenor)
Vasilyev, Nikolay (baritone)
1993 Brilliant Classics 94650 CD
Saint Petersburg Camerata Sondeckis, Saulius 1993 Intergroove Classics IGC 102 CD 10
Saint Petersburg Camerata Sondeckis, Saulius 1993 Sony Classical SMK 58976 CD 10
Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Dmitriyev, Aleksandr 1993 Sony Classical SBK 46680 CD 10, 13, 17
South-West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim Geringas, David 2001 EBS EBS 6123 CD 10
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Temirkanov, Yury 1998 Relief CR 210307 CD 5(a), 5(b), 10, 13, 17(a)
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Temirkanov, Yury 1998 Relief CR 991045 CD 5(a), 5(b), 10, 13, 17(a)
Texas A&M University Symphonic Band Rhea, Timothy Mark Records 2788-MCD CD 13 C
Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band Keane, James Mark Records 3673-MCD CD 13 D
United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" (unidentified conductor) Altissimo ALT 03123 CD 13 C
United States Coast Guard Band Buckley, Lewis J. 2002 Mark Records 4353-MCD CD 13 C
University of Florida Wind Symphony Gnutov, Vitaly 2000 Mark Records 3490-MCD CD 13 C
University of Michigan Symphony Band Haithcock, Michael 2002 Equilibrium EQ 59 CD 13 D
USSR State Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov, Yevgeny 1968 live ICA Classics ICAC 5036 CD 2011 10
USSR State Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov, Yevgeny 1974 live Melodiya MEL CD 10 02480 CD 2014 1, 10, 13
USSR State Symphony Orchestra Svetlanov, Yevgeny 1974 live Melodiya SUCD 10 00168 CD 1, 10, 13
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Lazarev, Aleksandr 2006 live Exton OVCL 00274 SACD 13
[unidentified orchestra] Kitschin, Alexander Selmas, Kseniya (Lel) Preiser PR 89048 CD 6
Ambakumyan, Anna (piano) Melodiya С10 13011-2 LP 10 B
Excerpts:

Prologue:

1. Introduction
2. Dances and Chorus of Birds
3. Frost's Monologue
4. Chorus of Farewell to Winter
5(a). Melodrama

Act I:

5(b). Entr'acte
6. Lel's First Song
7. Lel's Second Song.

Act II:

8. Entr'acte
9. Chorus of Blind Gusli Players
10. Melodrama
11. Chorus of People and Courtiers

Act III:

12. Khorovod
13. Dance of the Tumblers
14. Lel's Third Song:
(a) First version
(b) Second version
15. Brusila's Song:
(a) First version
(b) Second version
16. Appearance of the Wood Goblin and the Snow Maiden's Spirit

Act IV:

17(a) Entr'acte
17(b). Spring's Monologue, Chorus and Dances
18. Tsar Berendey's March and Chorus
19. Finale
Versions:
A = Arrangement for balalaika orchestra (unattributed)
B = Arrangement for solo piano by Aleksandr Ziloti, as "Lament" (Жалоба)
C = Arrangement for wind band (unattributed)
D = Arrangement for wind band by Ray Cramer