Cool, Ray. I'll need to do a full listen sometime of Swan Lake, I know the "excerpts" but that's all.
Hi Greg. Yes, the 'excerpts' really do not do the work justice. Also, I highly recommend the Fonteyn/Nureyev/Lanchberry DVD (that has the dark, sad ending of Swan Lake).
I prefer that ending, rather than the triumphant, happy ending (the more widely staged one).
There is more darkness in the music in Swan Lake than one might think, not just beautiful music.