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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; Prokofiev, Dukas / Temirkanov


Release Date: 12/04/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 11272   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskySergei ProkofievPaul Dukas
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although billed as "The Nutcracker Suite", Yuri Temirkanov's version of the popular ballet score actually presents an extended selection of excerpts, including most of the good stuff left out of the traditional suite--the magnificent transformation scene, the battle with the mouse king, and a few other delicious tidbits. It's all played stupendously, including (to cite just two examples) an excitingly frantic Trepak and a beautifully flowing Waltz of the Flowers. I was also very impressed by the colorful and very cleanly recorded toy instruments in the battle sequence. Of course there are a million recordings of this music, but there's no question that this half hour of extracts can compete with the very best of them.
Read more /> As for the remainder of the program, there's no particular reason why these two additional pieces belong with The Nutcracker save for the generic theme of "Fairy Tale"; but they are delightful and just as well played. Kijé is lively and extremely colorful, with especially atmospheric offstage trumpet calls. The Dukas also is very brilliantly played, and precisely too (this is a very difficult work to handle rhythmically). Temirkanov shows himself aptly sensitive to the music's cinematic narrative, whipping the orchestra to a fine fury and then slamming on the brakes at the climactic return of the sorcerer with a rhetorical flourish. It's all great fun, very well recorded. If you like the program, don't hesitate.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 2, Act 1 - March of the Wooden Soldiers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
3.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 6, Act 1 - Departure of the Guests, Night by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 7, Act 1 - The Battle and Transformation Scene by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 8, Act 1 - The Forest of Fir Trees in Winter "Journey Through the Snow" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 9, Act 1 - Waltz of the Snowflakes by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 14c, Act 2 - Variation II, Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12a, Act 2 - Spanish Dance "Chocolate" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12c, Act 2 - Chinese Dance "Tea" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12d, Act 2 - Russian Dance "Trepak" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 12e, Act 2 - Dance of the Flutes "Toy Trumpets" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
12.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 13, Act 2 - Waltz of the Flowers by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
L'apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; France 
Length: 13 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: Overture
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: Overture
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 2 Marche
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 2 Marche
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 6 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 6 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 7 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 7 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 8 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 8 Scene
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 9 Valse des flocons de neige
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 9 Valse des flocons de neige
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act I: No. 14 Var. II (Danse de la fée dragée)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 1: No. 14 Var. II (Danse de la fée dragée)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act II: No. 12a (Le chocolat)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 2: No. 12a (Le chocolat)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act II: No. 12c (Le thé)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 2: No. 12c (Le thé)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act II: No. 12d (Trepak)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 2: No. 12d (Trepak)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 2: No. 12e (Les Mirlitons)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act II: No. 12e (Les Mirlitons)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act 2: No. 13 (Valse des fleurs)
The Nutcracker (New symphonic suite developed for Yuri Temirkanov by Anna Barry), Act II: No. 13 (Valse des fleurs)
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Op. 60: 1. Birth of Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: I. Birth of Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Op. 60: 2. Romance
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: II. Romance: Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: II. Romance
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: III. Kijé's Wedding
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Op. 60: 3. Kijé's Wedding
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Op. 60: 4. Troika
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: IV. Troika: Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: IV. Troika
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite Op. 60: 5. Burial of Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé - Suite, Op.60: V. Burial of Kijé
L'Apprenti sorcier
L'Apprenti sorcier

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