Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

by Gustavo Dudamel

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Overview

This live recording of The Nutcracker (in full, on two CDs) was made in 2013. It's not clear whether it was held for release in 2018 to coordinate with the release of the film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, for which Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded the music, or whether it was simply pulled out of the vault at that time. In either event, the engineering captures the crackling edge of Los Angeles' Disney Hall, with the strings sounding big and shiny but never overwhelming the delicate wind work. Indeed, the orchestra's wind section is evolving under Dudamel into one of the great ones, capable of a large variety of accents and sounds. Sample "The Nutcracker Battles the Army of the Mouse King," which has a brisk precision characteristic of the whole. You couldn't play this on a portable CD player for young dancers; Dudamel's tempi are on the fast side, and he slows down only for the "Arabian Dance" (a very seductive coffee) and a few other melodic numbers. But the performance will have you tapping your feet at many points. There are, no doubt, other "Nutcracker"s to suit every conceivable taste, and you might find broader, more Russian treatments of Tchaikovsky's melodies. But it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying Dudamel's work here.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/30/2018
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028948362745
catalogNumber: 002936002
Rank: 155893

Tracks

  1. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71

    1. Overture  (03:14)
    2. Act II: Scene 3: No. 10: Scene. The Magic Castle on the Mountain of Sweets  (04:18)
    3. Act I: Scene 1: No. 1: Scene. Decoration and Illumination of the Christmas Tree  (03:52)
    4. Act II: Scene 3: No. 11: Scene. Clara and Prince Charming  (04:47)
    5. Act I: Scene 1: No. 2: March  (02:25)
    6. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: a. Chocolate (Spanish Dance)  (01:11)
    7. Act I: Scene 1: No. 3: Children's Galop and Entry of the Parents  (02:25)
    8. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: b. Coffee (Arabian Dance)  (04:00)
    9. Act I: Scene 1: No. 4: Dance Scene. Arrival of Drosselmayer  (05:48)
    10. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: c. Tea (Chinese Dance)  (01:03)
    11. Act I: Scene 1: No. 5: Scene. Presentation of the Nutcracker and Grandfather's Dance  (06:51)
    12. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: d. Trépak (Russian Dance)  (01:08)
    13. Act I: Scene 1: No. 6: Scene. Clara and the Nutcracker  (07:02)
    14. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: e. Dance of the Reed Pipes  (02:21)
    15. Act I: Scene 1: No. 7: Scene. The Nutcracker Battles the Army of the Mouse King - He Wins and Is Tr  (03:15)
    16. Act II: Scene 3: No. 12: Divertissement: f. Mother Gigogne and the Clowns  (02:42)
    17. Act I: Scene 2: No. 8: Scene. A Pine Forest in Winter  (03:55)
    18. Act II: Scene 3: No. 13: Waltz of the Flowers  (07:29)
    19. Act I: Scene 2: No. 9: Waltz of the Snowflakes  (06:46)
    20. Act II: Scene 3: No. 14: Pas de deux. The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy: a. Intrada  (05:12)
    21. Act II: Scene 3: No. 14: Pas de deux. The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy: b. Variation 1  (00:45)
    22. Act II: Scene 3: No. 14: Pas de deux. The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy: c. Variation 2. Dance of  (02:21)
    23. Act II: Scene 3: No. 14: Pas de deux. The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy: d. Coda  (01:23)
    24. Act II: Scene 3: No. 15: Final Waltz and Apotheosis  (05:16)

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