Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Experience Edition]

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Simon Rattle recorded Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's festive ballet the "Nutcracker" in 2009 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and this deluxe double-disc package is a first-rate presentation of the beloved holiday favorite. Rattle's approach is warm and inviting, and the music is played with brilliant flair and playful buoyancy. A late-comer to appreciating other works by Tchaikovsky, Rattle claims he always had a special affection for the ballets and found the "Nutcracker" especially interesting when he learned of its influence on Igor Stravinsky's "Petrushka." This is not to say that Rattle conducts this work in a revisionist or ironic manner, à la Stravinsky, for there is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Simon Rattle recorded Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's festive ballet the "Nutcracker" in 2009 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and this deluxe double-disc package is a first-rate presentation of the beloved holiday favorite. Rattle's approach is warm and inviting, and the music is played with brilliant flair and playful buoyancy. A late-comer to appreciating other works by Tchaikovsky, Rattle claims he always had a special affection for the ballets and found the "Nutcracker" especially interesting when he learned of its influence on Igor Stravinsky's "Petrushka." This is not to say that Rattle conducts this work in a revisionist or ironic manner, à la Stravinsky, for there is a richness here that is pure Tchaikovsky. Yet a case could be made that Rattle interprets the work with little sentimentality and with an ear for the piquant, and in that manner makes a connection between the two great Russian composers. The Berlin Philharmonic is exceptional in its radiant colors, full textures, and cohesive playing, and the "Nutcracker" is a delight with such a superb ensemble. EMI's reproduction is also deserving of praise, for the digital sound is as close to state-of-the-art as possible in a regular CD format, and the audio range is wide and deep, with every note easy to hear. This lavishly packaged "Experience Edition" also provides a hardcover booklet, live concert footage, interviews, downloads, and other extras not included in the standard release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099963162127
  • Catalog Number: 31621
  • Sales rank: 272,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–24 Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (86:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simon Rattle Primary Artist
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    The PERFECT Nutcracker

    Looking for a Nutcracker recording to add to your collection? You need look no further. This is an absolutely flawless recording, and I cannot imagine anything sounding lovelier. Sir Simon Rattle truly breathes new life into this beloved classic with subtle changes in phrasing and emphasis. The popular boys choir "Libera" provides the vocals for "Waltz of the Snowflakes" (and are in tune, too!), the Berlin Philharmonic sounds crystal clear and best of all, and most importantly, the music -dances-. Too often I see or hear conductors struggling to find a tempo that works well for the choreography, but not so here. I was literally dancing in my room the first time I listened to this recording - it's so joyful, expressive and effortless.

    I wholeheartedly recommend this recording. It is that rare example of a perfect recording.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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