- Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky - Stephen Johns - Fyodor Alexandrovich Vasilyev - Libera - Konstantin Ivanovich Gorbatov - Antonio Javier Caparo - Ivan Vzevolozhsky - Nikolai Kuznetsov
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker [Experience Edition]by Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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EMI Classics is proud to release Tchaikovsky's most famous work, The Nutcracker. This stunning new recording features the world's greatest orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of their celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
This musical fairy tale follows Clara and her unusual prince and protector, the Nutcracker, through adventures and exotic delights in the magical Kingdom of Sweets. The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet, and its annual holiday performances have become a treasured tradition the world over.
This release features the live recording of Act II from December 2009's Silvesterkonzert, Germany's New Year's celebrations. Act I was recorded in the studio during the same period.
The Experience Edition, a special, limited edition 2-CD set, features a 52-page hardcover book detailing the history and context of the work through photographs, illustrations, and essays as well as an introduction from Sir Simon Rattle himself.
The Experience Edition also includes exclusive video footage from both Sir Simon Rattle and members of the orchestra explaining the enduring popularity of this work and their experience in recording the work, a special 24-hour guest pass to the BPO’s Digital Concert Hall, photos and more.
- Release Date:
- Warner Classics
Performance CreditsSimon Rattle Primary Artist
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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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.