Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Favorite Selections

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Favorite Selections

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by Erich Kunzel
     
 

As popular performers of classical music's greatest hits, it seems strange that Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops had not recorded Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" until 2007. The recording is subtitled "Favorite Selections," implying that it's more than just the suite (parts of which they have done on…  See more details below

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As popular performers of classical music's greatest hits, it seems strange that Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops had not recorded Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" until 2007. The recording is subtitled "Favorite Selections," implying that it's more than just the suite (parts of which they have done on Tchaikovsky and ballet samplers), but less than the full ballet. Actually, all that's missing here is the "Grandfather's Dance" and the "Battle and Transformation" scene, which then begs the question of why not stretch the recording another 10 minutes to fit these in? Regardless, it really is a treat to hear more than just the suite since there are parts that are just as great as what's in the suite and are heard all too infrequently, such as the "Pas de deux Coda" and the "Final Waltz." The "Waltz of the Snowflakes" is another one of those, and here it's done with appropriate feathery lightness by the orchestra and the Cincinnati Children's Choir, which has excellent intonation, tone, and ensemble work. The waltz has its dramatic moments, but like all the dramatic moments in the score, Kunzel keeps it exciting and grand without being overly intense. The whole performance has a constancy and consistency of delivery that give the impression of childlike wonder and magic, but isn't at all too sugary. Similarly, the dancing momentum is maintained without being too athletic or too indulgent, as in the case of the "Arabian Dance." Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops have come through with a truly reliable and enjoyable performance of the "Nutcracker," presented in Telarc's well-known deep sound quality.

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Audiophile Voice
Considering the sonic superiority, the at-least roughly equal playing, and the vastly more complete Nutcracker selection, I’d call the Telarc a clear choice for audiophiles looking for a Nutcracker to tie up and put under some lucky person’s Christmas tree.
Cincinnati Post - Mary Ellyn Hutton
[Grade: A] A must for holiday listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408067426
catalogNumber:
80674

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  1. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Overture  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  2. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 1. The Christmas Tree  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 2. March  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  4. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 3. Children's Galop and Ar  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  5. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 4. Pas de deux (Doll and T  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  6. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 1. Scene 6. Magic Spell Begins  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  7. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. Scene 8. Scene in the Pine Fores  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  8. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 1. Tableau 2. Scene 9. Waltz of the Snowflakes  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel  -  Cincinnati Conservatory Children's Choir  - Robyn Lana
  9. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 10. The Magic Castle  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  10. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 11. Clara and the Prince  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  11. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Chocolate: Spanis  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  12. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Coffee: Arabian D  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  13. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Tea: Chinese Danc  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  14. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Trepak: Russian D  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  15. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Dance of the Mirl  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  16. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 12. Divertissement. Mother Gigone and  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  17. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 13. Waltz of the Flowers  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  18. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 14. Pas de deux. Dance of the Prince  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  19. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 14. Pas de deux. Variation 1. Tarante  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  20. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 14. Pas de deux. Variation 2. Dance o  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel  - Julie Spangler
  21. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 14. Pas de deux. Coda  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel
  22. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Scene 15. Final Waltz and Apotheosis  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  - Anilda Carrasquillo  -  Cincinnati Pops Orchestra  - Erich Kunzel

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