Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Media Type: VINYL x2
Performer: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet
Label: Decca

+ Description

When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire. In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral colouring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigourous, even coarse. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing, Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked to the hi-fi equipment – the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record, there is no reason to worry – this music is guaranteed to warm the cockels of your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door. This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid. Recording: October / November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace / Production: James Walker

+ Tracks

1. The Christmas Tree
2. March
3. Little Galop And Entrance Of The Giants
4. Dance Scene - Distribution Of Presents
5. Scene And Granfather's Dance
6. Guests Depart - Children Retire To Bed - Magic Spell Begins
7. Battle Between Nutcrakcer And Mouse King - Nutcracker Wins Battle And Is Transformed Into Handsome Prince
8. Pine Forest In Winter
9. Waltz Of The Snowflakes
10. The Magic Castle
11. Clara And The Nutcracker Appear
12. Divertissement
13. Waltz Of The Flowers
14. Pas De Deux

Add To Cart