The Nutcracker

Artist: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060294540014
Cat No: M2CD001

£5.99

Today we revere Tchaikovsky primarily as a composer of highly romantic orchestral music, but he was perhaps even more a man of the theatre. True, only two or three of his many operas remain in the standard repertoire of the world’s opera houses, but with the arrival of increasing numbers of outstanding Russian musicians on the international scene, his reputation as an opera composer is becoming deservedly enhanced. Perhaps because there are no words to provide an obstacle, the popularity of his three great ballets, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker has been constant. In the theatre they represent the pinnacle of the Russian ballet tradition, and the concert suites continue to draw capacity audiences to the great concert halls of the world.

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CD 1

1. Overture

Act One

2. No.1 The Decoration of the Christmas Tree
3. No.2 March
4. No.3 Children’s Galop and Entry of the Guests
5. No.4 Dance Scene: Distribution of Presents
6. No.5 Scene and Grandfather’s Dance
7. No.6 Scene – Guests depart
8. No.7 Scene – Battle between Nutcracker and Mouse King
9. No.8 Scene – In the pine forest
10. No.9 Waltz of the Snowflakes

CD 2

Act Two

1. No.10 Scene – Confiturembourg (The Kingdom of Sweets)
2. No.11 Scene – Clara and the Prince
No.12 Divertissement
3. (a) Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
4. (b) Coffee (Arabian Dance)
5. (c) Tea (Chinese Dance)
6. (d) Trepak (Russian Dance)
7. (e) Flutes (Danse des Mirlitons)
8. (f) Clowns Dance
9. No.13 Waltz of the Flowers
10. No.14 Pas de deux
11. (a) Variation 1: Tarantella
12. (b) Variation 2: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
13. (c) Coda
14. No.15 Final Waltz and Apotheosis

L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet
Rec.1959