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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Highlights) / Kunzel, Et Al


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80674   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julie Spangler
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati PopsGreater Cincinnati Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Just in time for the 2007 Holiday season, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra record selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for the GRAMMY Award-winning Telarc label. This family favorite is guaranteed to appeal to all ages!

The recording includes all the picturesque favorites from the popular Nutcracker ballet, including “Clara and the Prince,” the Spanish, Arabian, Russian and Chinese dances, “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and the lilting Pas de deux from Acts I and II. Also included are scenes from the Act I First and Second Tableau such as “The Christmas Tree,” March, “Children’s Galop and Arrival of the Guests,” “Magic Spell Begins,” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes” (with
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R E V I E W S:

"It's the most magical album to come along from the Cincinnati Pops in recent memory. Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops have released an album of favorites from Tchaikovsky's most beloved ballet, "The Nutcracker," in time for the holidays.
This "Nutcracker" sparkles as much for the artistry of Cincinnati's musicians as for the wealth of Tchaikovsky's charming melodies that cascade forth, one after another...The Overture is a brilliant, scampering curtain-raiser, which in the ballet, opens on a Christmas party where Clara is presented with the gift of a nutcracker.
In the first tableau, "The Magic Spell Begins" accompanies that spectacular moment when the Christmas tree grows, the set falls away and Clara finds herself in a magical kingdom. Kunzel's view is adrenalin-charged, and the orchestral buildup is enthralling.
Orchestral soloists shine in the international dances of Act II: The high-wire trumpet solo in "Spanish Dance," the exotic "Arabian Dance," the bubbling flutes and piccolo in the "Chinese Dance" and an earthy Russian "Trepak."
"Waltz of the Flowers," with sparkling cascades from harpist Gillian Benet Sella, is elegant and sprawling"

-- Janelle Gelfland, The Enquirer

"Well, it’s already October and here’s our first holiday season review. It wasn’t painful at all. In fact, Kunzel and his crack pops people do a bang-up job on the Nutcracker, making it sound fresh and exciting from start to finish... The 73-minute sampling has all the best parts of the complete ballet, which is not that much lengthier in toto. Act II gets more selections than Act I, with all the various international dances staged at the court for Clara and the Prince. The Waltz of the Snowflakes brings in a local Cincinnati children’s choir. Telarc’s 5.0-channel surround option is strong and enveloping as usual, and the bass drum will shake your booty as usual. Another winner for America’s top pop concert band!"

-- John Sunier, Audiophile Audition
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Works on This Recording

1. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1b, Act 1 - Decorating the Christmas Tree by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 3, Act 1 - Children's Galop by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 4, Act 1 - Arrival "Scène dansante" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 7, Act 1 - The Battle and Transformation Scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 8, Act 1 - The Forest of Fir Trees in Winter "Journey Through the Snow" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Greater Cincinnati Children's Choir,  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 10, Act 2 - The Kingdom of Sweets by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
10. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 11, Act 2 - Scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
11. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12b, Act 2 - Arabian Dance "Coffee" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
14. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
16. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12f, Act 2 - Mother Gigogne and the Clowns by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
17. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
18. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14a, Act 2 - Pas de deux by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
19. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14b, Act 2 - Tarantella by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
20. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Sugar-Plum Fairy and Coda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julie Spangler (Celesta)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
21. Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 15, Act 2 - Final Waltz and Apotheosis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Julie Spangler (Celesta)
Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/11/2006 
Venue:  Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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