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Posted October 21, 2010
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.
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Posted December 14, 2010
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