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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Highlights / Dorati


Release Date: 08/17/1989 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426177   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"There are many fine recordings of Tchaikovsky's enchanting ballet, but none are superior to this glowing performance of the summer of 1975... No other recording boasts the sense of magic heard on this sumptuous account, distinguished by the virtuoso playing of the Concertgebouw. Philips's engineering is extraordinary, beautifully capturing the richness, warmth, and clarity of the Concertgebouw; few Philips recordings in this venue are as effective in depth and dynamic range. This Nutcracker is as close as one can get to a "definitive" performance and recording." -- Robert E. Benson, Stereophile ( reviewing LP release of complete ballet)

"Antal Dorati's Mercury recordings helped put him on the
Read more map as a Tchaikovsky conductor and his years as a ballet conductor helped him win a similar reputation for now-classic recordings of major ballets. Both sides of Dorati and Tchaikovsky are on display in this welcome Philips 50 reissue. The Nutcracker, made in 1975 with the Concertgebouw, is a delight, with some terrific orchestral playing (especially the winds) and springy rhythms." -- Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
( reviewing complete ballet, Philips 464747)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
2.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
3.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
4.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
5.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
6.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12b, Act 2 - Arabian Dance "Coffee" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
7.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
8.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
9.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
10.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
11.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
12.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
13.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 

Featured Sound Samples

The Nutcracker: Act II: Russian Dance "Trepak"
Act II: Waltz of the Flowers
Act II: Pas de deux: Intrada

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