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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Etc / Charles Dutoit, Montreal

Release Date: 06/09/2010 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440477   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Dutoit made his debut with the OSM in 1977, and together they made some fine discs for Decca in the 1980s, many of which were also commended for their superb sound quality. The relationship came to an acrimonious end in 2002, and since then we’ve heard precious little from either Dutoit or the OSM. A pity really, but at least Decca have kept their legacy alive with a constant stream of reissues.

[As filler] Dutoit offers Diaghilev’s arrangement of numbers from Sleeping Beauty, known as Aurora’s Wedding. The Prologue is a real stunner, which augurs well for what follows, Dutoit’s broadly symphonic approach better suited to this more overtly dramatic music than it is to the intimate details of The Nutcracker. Certainly,
Read more the fact that Aurora’s Wedding is a series of randomly plucked ‘plums’ rather than a carefully constructed whole means the issue of overall structure doesn’t arise. This allows Dutoit and the OSM to focus on the thrill of the moment, which they do very well indeed.

If you like big band Tchaikovsky then this could be the set for you. It’s a first-class recording, with thrilling amplitude and plenty of spectacle."

-- Dan Morgan, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: Aurora's Wedding by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 

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