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:

  • Names of solo performers, with their instruments or stage roles given in parentheses.
  • The name of the conductor of the orchestra or chorus.
  • The names of the orchestras, choruses or chamber ensembles performing on the recording. These have been standardised according to our List of Orchestras.
  • The date and place of the recording. "Live" indicates a public performance.
  • The format of the recording, whether this is a compact disk (CD), super audio compact disk (SACD), digital video disk (DVD), or vinyl record. The number 33, 45 or 78 indicates the playback speed of a vinyl record, followed by its size in inches, e.g. "33 (12")" would indicate a standard long-playing record. Performances on cassette or VHS tapes are not included in this discography.
  • The name of the record label (in italics), followed by the catalogue number of the disk.
  • The year that the recording was released (which may be years or decades after the original recording was made).
  • If only part of a work is available in a recording, the relevant sections or movements are indicated.

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 from 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

Complete

Chistyakov, Andrey (conductor) / Russian National Orchestra / Russian National Choir
Yerassova, Natalya (Lel) / Arkhipov, Aleksandr (Frost) / Vasilyev, Nikolay (baritone).
Recorded 1993.12 in Moscow, Mosfilm Studios.

  • CD — Brilliant Classics 94650 [2014]
  • CD — Brilliant Classics 94038 [as "Russian State Chorus & Orchestra"]
  • CD — Brilliant Classics 94650 [as "Russian State Chorus & Orchestra"]
  • CD — Chant du Monde LDC 288 090 [1994]
  • CD — Harmonia Mundi 788 090
  • CD — King KKCC 292 [1994]

Gauk, Aleksandr (conductor) / Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra / Moscow Radio Choir
Dolukhanova, Zara (Lel) / Orfenov, Lev (Frost).
Recorded 1951.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 19018 [1951] (No. 6 only)
  • 78 (10") — USSR 19019 [1951] (No. 7 only)
  • 78 (10") — USSR 21016 [1951] (No. 8 only)
  • 78 (10") — USSR 21017 [1951] (No. 17a only)
  • 33 (12") — Monarch MEL 702 [1954] (as "All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus")
  • CD — Arlecchino ARL 133-134
  • CD — Brilliant Classics 8866 [2007]
  • CD — Melodiya 1577 51870 2 (No. 1 only)
  • CD — Mobile Fidelity MFCD 870 (No. 1 only)
  • CD — Preiser 89066 (No. 6 only)
  • CD — Profil Medien PH 17053 [2018]

Golovchin, Igor (conductor) / Moscow Symphony Orchestra / Moscow Capella
Okolysheva, Yelena (Lel) / Mishenkin, Arkady (Brusila).
Recorded 1996.03 in Moscow, Mosfilm Studios.

  • CD — Naxos 8 553856 [1997]
  • CD — Naxos 8 556785 [2003]
  • CD — Naxos 8 558040/6

Järvi, Kristian (conductor) / MDR Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Leipzig
Peebo, Annely (Lev) / Grivnov, Vsevolod (Frost).
Recorded 2014.09.07 live in Leipzig, Gewandhaus.

  • Blu-spec CD2 — Sony SICC 30264 [2016]
  • CD — Sony SICC 30264 [2016]
  • CD — Sony 88875 17656 2 [2015]

Järvi, Neeme (conductor) / Detroit Symphony Orchestra / University of Michigan Choral Union
Mishura-Lekhtman, Irina (Lel) / Grishko, Vladimir (Brusila).
Recorded 1994.01.15-16 in Detroit, Symphony Orchestra Hall.

  • CD — Chandos CHAN 241/44 (Nos. 13, 7, 10 only)
  • CD — Chandos CHAN 9324 [1994]
  • CD — Chandos CHAN 20088 [2018]
  • CD — Chandos PENG 0015 [2000] (No. 13 only)

Provatorov, Gennady (conductor) / Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Simonova, Larissa (Lel) / Yelnikov, Yury (Brusila) / Lomonosov, Aleksandr (Frost).
Recorded 1977 in Moscow.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 15519/22 [1981]
  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С40 12445/50 [1979]
  • CD — Aquarius AQ 0010 2 [1994] (Nos. 1, 5(b), 8, 10, 13, 18 only)
  • CD — Chant du Monde LDC 278 904 [1989]

Excerpts

Introduction (No. 1)

Järvi, Neeme (conductor) / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 2002.12.05-06 in Gothenburg, Concert Hall.

  • CD — Bis BIS 1897/98 [2011]
  • SACD — Bis BIS 1398 [2004]

Kitayenko, Dmitry (conductor) / Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Recorded 2011.12 in Cologne, Studio Stolberger Straße.

  • CD — Oehms Classics OC 027 [2015]
  • SACD — Oehms Classics OC 668 [2012]

Sinaisky, Vasily (conductor) / BBC Philharmonic
Recorded 2004.07.06 in Manchester, New Broadcasting House, Studio 7.

  • CD — BBC BBC MM 248 [2004]

Svetlanov, Yevgeny (conductor) / USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1974.12.25 live in Moscow, Conservatory, Great Hall.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya C 10 10481 [1978]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02480 [2017]
  • CD — Melodiya SUCD 10 00168

Melodrama (Prologue, No. 5a)

Temirkanov, Yury (conductor) / Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1998.

  • CD — Relief CR 210307
  • CD — Relief CR 991045

Entr'acte (Act I, No. 5b)

Järvi, Neeme (conductor) / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 2002.12.05-06 in Gothenburg, Concert Hall.

  • CD — Bis BIS 1897/98 [2011]
  • SACD — Bis BIS 1398 [2004]

Temirkanov, Yury (conductor) / Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1998.

  • CD — Relief CR 210307
  • CD — Relief CR 991045

Lel's First Song (Act I, No. 6)

Altukhova, Yevgeniya (Lel) / Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra / Ermler, Mark (conductor)
. Recording date unknown (1974 or earlier).

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 04981/2 [1974]

Selmas, Kseniya (Lel) / unidentified orchestra / Kitschin, Alexander (conductor)
Recording date unknown.

  • CD — Preiser PR 89048

Vishnevskaya, Galina (Lel) / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Rostropovich, Mstislav (conductor)
Recorded 1976.

  • CD — EMI 4 56339 2
  • CD — EMI 5 62653 2
  • CD — EMI 5 65716 2
  • CD — Warner 50999 0 26598 5 5 [2011]
  • CD — Warner 50999 4 56339 5 9 [2010]
  • CD — Warner 6 32015 2 [2010]

Lel's Second Song (Act II, No. 7)

Bogacheva, Irina (Lel) / Andreyev Russian Folk Orchestra / Popov, Viktor (conductor).
Recorded 1981.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 15613 000 [1981]

Obrazatsova, Yelena (Lel) / Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra / Ermler, Mark (conductor)
Recorded 1975 in Moscow, Kremlin Palace.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya М 10 41377/80 [1978]

Melodrama (Act II, No. 10)

Dmitriyev, Aleksandr (conductor) / Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1993.06 in Saint Petersburg, Philharmonic Hall.

  • CD — Sony SBK 46680 [1994]

Geringas, David (conductor) / South-West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim
Recorded 2001.

  • CD — EBS EBS 6123

Järvi, Neeme (conductor) / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 2002.12.05-06 in Gothenburg, Concert Hall.

  • CD — Bis BIS 1897/98 [2011]
  • SACD — Bis BIS 1398 [2004]

Kitayenko, Dmitry (conductor) / Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Recorded 2011.12 in Cologne, Studio Stolberger Straße.

  • CD — Oehms Classics OC 027 [2015]
  • SACD — Oehms Classics OC 668 [2012]

Orbelian, Constantine (conductor) / Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Recorded 1998.11.24-27 in Los Angeles, First Congregational Church.

  • CD — Delos DE 3244 [1999]

Rachlevsky, Misha (conductor) / Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Recorded 1993.

  • CD — Claves CD 50 9317

Sinaisky, Vasily (conductor) / BBC Philharmonic
Recorded 2004.07.06 in Manchester, New Broadcasting House, Studio 7.

  • CD — BBC BBC MM 248 [2004]

Sondeckis, Saulius (conductor) / Saint Petersburg Camerata
Recorded 1993.04-07 in Saint Petersburg, Broadcasting Studio.

  • CD — Intergroove Classics IGC 102
  • CD — Sony SMK 58976 [1994]

Spivakov, Vladimir (conductor) / Moscow Virtousi
Recorded 1992.

  • CD — RCA 09026 61964 2

Svetlanov, Yevgeny (conductor) / USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1968.08.22 live in London, Royal Albert Hall.

  • CD — ICA Classics ICAC 5036 [2011]

Svetlanov, Yevgeny (conductor) / USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1974.12.25 live in Moscow, Conservatory, Great Hall.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya C 10 10481 [1978]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02480 [2017]
  • CD — Melodiya SUCD 10 00168

Temirkanov, Yury (conductor) / Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1998.

  • CD — Relief CR 210307
  • CD — Relief CR 991045

Dance of the Tumblers (Act III, No. 13)

Dmitriyev, Aleksandr (conductor) / Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1993.06 in Saint Petersburg, Philharmonic Hall.

  • CD — Sony SBK 46680 [1994]

Downes, Edward (conductor) / Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden
Recorded 1993 live.

  • Blu-ray — Opus Arte OA 1229 BD [2016]
  • DVD — Kultur D 1488
  • DVD — Opus Arte OAR 3110 D

Järvi, Neeme (conductor) / Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 2002.12.05-06 in Gothenburg, Concert Hall.

  • CD — Bis BIS 1897/98 [2011]
  • SACD — Bis BIS 1398 [2004]

Kitayenko, Dmitry (conductor) / Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Recorded 2011.12 in Cologne, Studio Stolberger Straße.

  • CD — Oehms Classics OC 027 [2015]
  • SACD — Oehms Classics OC 668 [2012]

Kondrashin, Kirill (conductor) / Moscow Youth Symphony Orchestra
Recording date unknown.

  • 78 (10") — USSR 17283 [1949]

Kuchar, Theodore (conductor) / National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Recorded 2001.08.19-22 in Kiev, National Radio Company, Grand Concert Studio.

  • CD — Naxos 8 555923 [2003]

Lazarev, Aleksandr (conductor) / Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 2006 live.

  • SACD — Exton OVCL 00274

Sinaisky, Vasily (conductor) / BBC Philharmonic
Recorded 2004.07.06 in Manchester, New Broadcasting House, Studio 7.

  • CD — BBC BBC MM 248 [2004]

Svetlanov, Yevgeny (conductor) / USSR State Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1974.12.25 live in Moscow, Conservatory, Great Hall.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya C 10 10481 [1978]
  • CD — Melodiya MELCD 10 02480 [2017]
  • CD — Melodiya SUCD 10 00168

Temirkanov, Yury (conductor) / Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1998.

  • CD — Relief CR 210307
  • CD — Relief CR 991045

Entr'acte (Act IV, No. 17a)

Dmitriyev, Aleksandr (conductor) / Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1993.06 in Saint Petersburg, Philharmonic Hall.

  • CD — Sony SBK 46680 [1994]

Temirkanov, Yury (conductor) / Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
Recorded 1998.

  • CD — Relief CR 210307
  • CD — Relief CR 991045

Arrangements

Melodrama (Act II, No., 10)

For Balalaika Orchestra

Gnutov, Vitaly (conductor)/ Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
Arranger unknown. Recorded 1962.06 in Moscow, Conservatory.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С20 06169/70 [1975]
  • 33 (12") — Mercury 478 3826 [2012]
  • 33 (12") — USSR С 561/2 [1963]

Kalinin, Nikolay (conductor)/ Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
Arranger and recording date unknown (1990 or earlier).

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С20 29485 001 [1990]

For Piano solo

Ambakumyan, Anna (piano)
Arranged by Aleksandr Ziloti as "Lament" (Жалоба). Recording date unknown.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С 10 13011/2

Dance of the Tumblers (Act III, No. 13)

For Wind Band

Buckley, Lewis J. (conductor)/ United States Coast Guard Band
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • CD — Mark Records 4353 MCD

Corporon, Eugene (conductor)/ North Texas Wind Symphony
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • CD — Mark Records 3144 MCD

Cramer, Ray (conductor)/ Indiana University Wind Ensemble
Arranged by Ray Cramer. Recorded 2005.

  • CD — Mark Records 5888 MCD

Gnutov, Vitaly (conductor)/ University of Florida Wind Symphony
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • CD — Mark Records 3490 MCD

Haithcock, Michael (conductor)/ University of Michigan Symphony Band
Arranged by Ray Cramer. Recorded 2002.

  • CD — Equilibrium EQ 59

Keane, James (conductor)/ Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band
Arranged by Ray Cramer. Recording date unknown.

  • CD — Mark Records 3673 MCD

Rhea, Timothy (conductor)/ Texas A&M University Symphonic Band
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • CD — Mark Records 2788 MCD

United States Army Band "Pershing's Own"
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • CD — Altissimo ALT 03123

For Balalaika Orchestra

Gnutov, Vitaly (conductor)/ Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
Arranger unknown. Recorded 1962.06 in Moscow, Conservatory.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С20 06169/70 [1975]
  • 33 (12") — Mercury SR 90310 [2006]
  • 33 (12") — Mercury 478 3826 [2012]
  • 33 (12") — USSR С 561/2 [1963]
  • CD — Mercury 432 0002
  • CD — Mercury 478 3566
  • CD — Mercury 478 7237
  • CD — Mercury 480 5233 [2011]
  • CD — Mercury 478 3566 [2011]
  • SACD — Mercury 475 6610 [2006]

Kalinin, Nikolay (conductor)/ Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
Arranger and recording date unknown.

  • 33 (12") — Melodiya С20 29485 001 [1990]