Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Shostakovich: The Bolt, Suite

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Shostakovich: The Bolt, Suite

by Gennady Rozhdestvensky
     
 

An odd but persuasive program drawn from two concerts, one in 1981, the other in 1987, this BBC Music disc joins three ballets by three of the greatest Russian masters of the genre -- Tchaikovsky's whole of Act II of "The Nutcracker," Shostakovich's Suite from "The Bolt," and StravinskySee more details below

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An odd but persuasive program drawn from two concerts, one in 1981, the other in 1987, this BBC Music disc joins three ballets by three of the greatest Russian masters of the genre -- Tchaikovsky's whole of Act II of "The Nutcracker," Shostakovich's Suite from "The Bolt," and Stravinsky's "Scènes de ballet" -- led by one of the greatest Russian masters of the baton -- Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Some might wonder at the selection -- why all of Act II? why only a Suite? why "Scènes de ballet," one of Stravinsky's weakest neo-Classical scores, when so many more characteristic works suggest themselves? -- but few could question the conviction of the performances. Rozhdestvensky is not only a superb ballet conductor -- his years at the Bolshoi in the '60s taught him to keep his tempos inviting and his rhythms light on their feet -- but he is a superb interpreter of these scores. With the BBC Symphony -- his orchestra from 1978 through 1981 -- Rozhdestvensky makes "The Nutcracker" sound less like a beauty pageant and more like the apotheosis of the fairy tale, "The Bolt" sound less like a Soviet screed and more like the epitome of ironic humor, and "Scènes de ballet" sound less like Stravinsky's attempt at writing for Broadway -- which it was -- and more like his attempt at composing a piece of pure classical dance -- which it might have been. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, BBC's sound is cool, clear, and colorful.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911420425
catalogNumber:
4204
Rank:
334374

Tracks

  1. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 10. Scène Le Palais enchanté de Confitu  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  2. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 11. Scène. Claire et le Casse-noisette  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  3. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. a) Le Chocolat (Dan  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  4. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. b) Le Café (Danse a  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  5. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. c) Le Thé (Danse ch  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  6. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. d) Trépak (Danse ru  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  7. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. e) Danse des mirlit  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  8. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 12. Divertissiment. f) La Mère Gigogne  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  9. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 13. Valse de fleurs  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  10. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 14. Pas de deux. Intrada -  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  11. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Variation 1. Tarantelle -  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  12. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. Variation 2. Danse de la fée Dragée - Coda  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  13. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71: Act 2. No. 15 Valse finale et apothéose  - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  14. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Overture (Introduction)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  15. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The Bureaucrat (Polka)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  16. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: Intermezzo  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  17. The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a: The Drayman's Dance (Variations)  - Dmitry Shostakovich  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky
  18. Scènes de ballet, for orchestra  - Igor Stravinsky  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - John Patrick  - Gennady Rozhdestvensky

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