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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Hot New Nutcracker

    Each Christmas season seems to produce at least one new Nutcracker. This year is no exception: Pletnev and his redoubtable Russian National Orchestra have just released their version of the complete ballet. In the past, Pletnev has been associated with some controversial performances of familiar repertory. Witness his supercharged Russian overture collections or his unorthodox, even radical traversal of the Beethoven symphonies. In the case of this particular score, Pletnev and his players offer a traditional well played and paced reading noteworthy for its drama. Are there more refined interpretations? Perhaps. Nonetheless, this new recording on Ondine is well worth acquiring if only for its lifelike sonics and vivid color palette.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    The Russian Classic

    Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, on this CD by the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, is a timeless classic played with extreme clarity. There is little audible room for artistic reinterpretations in this version, and the music is played unbelievably clearly with the high level of quality, as preserved by the Russian National Orchestra. The recording itself is very sharp, and the CD, in total, is very enjoyable. I recommend this CD to lovers of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, The Nutcracker.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

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    Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Pletnev Ondine

    When I was asked to review this new CD recording of Tchaikovsky's complete "Nutcracker" Ballet, my first reaction was: "Oh, no! Not another version! Why, when the market is already saturated?" Truly, Ondine¿s new offering faces fierce opposition from incumbent versions by conductors such as Ashkenazy, Fedoseyev, Gergiev, Lenard (bargain label), Ozawa, Rattle, and Vedernikov, to say nothing of (presumably remastered) older versions by Dorati, Fistoulari, and Rodzinski! What's a balletomane to do?
    Unless you want the "Nutcracker" ballet performed by your favorite orchestra or conductor, this version is as fine as any, and certainly the Ondine version offers an excellent performance, recorded in startling clarity with splendid stereo sound.
    Recommended, if you're in the market for a new version.
    Ted Wilks

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