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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker / Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic


Release Date: 11/30/2018 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 002936002  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording marks the starting point of DG’s new partnership with the LA Phil and its principal conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who in 2018 celebrates his 10 year anniversary with the orchestra.

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REVIEW:

The recording is outstanding. Vibrant, detailed, with lots of bass (check out the Christmas tree reveal). The many solos fit beautifully in the orchestral fabric — no unnecessary mic highlighting.

Dudamel keeps the tempos moving, but the music sounds energetic and joyful, not rushed. The orchestra sounds fabulous, continuing the improvement under its star conductor.

– Audiophilia (Anthony Kershaw)
This recording marks the starting point of DG’s new partnership with the LA Phil and its principal conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who in 2018 celebrates his 10 year anniversary with the orchestra.

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REVIEW:

The recording is outstanding. Vibrant, detailed, with lots of bass (check out the Christmas tree reveal). The many solos fit beautifully in the orchestral fabric — no unnecessary mic highlighting.

Dudamel keeps the tempos moving, but the music sounds energetic and joyful, not rushed. The orchestra sounds fabulous, continuing the improvement under its star conductor.

– Audiophilia (Anthony Kershaw) Read less

Works on This Recording

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Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The best conductor/orchestra in the US November 17, 2018 By Scott Freije (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "This is an important recording to document one of the most extraordinary things in classical music today - Dudamel’s partnership with the LA Philharmonic. Those of us here in LA have seen Dudamel mature from a conducting wunderkind to a deep musical force breathing fresh life not just in LA but Venezuela and the most established musical institutions in Europe. This recording has everything you would want from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, all the big tunes are given a full bodied performance from an engaged virtuosic orchestra aided with the glorious acoustic of their famous hall in a live recording. This is the full score, not the truncated suite most often heard. Dudamel treats this as serious orchestral music, not a facile series of pleasant melodies. What I found most impressive is not only how he plays the big tunes but how cohesive his vision is. This is a performance that seamlessly flows and lovingly treats the more incidental moments as carefully as the famous sections that everyone recognizes. Tchaikovsky’s skills as an imaginative and evocative orchestrator are on display here as Dudamel probes the full spectrum of the score, delivering magical moments of great beauty, colorful contrasts, and an underlying darkness with standout contributions from the LA woodwinds. This is one of the best recordings of this piece along with Gergiev’s first account with Kirov for the full score and Rostropovich with the Berlin Philharmonic for the suite. After an early series of live recordings from Dudamel’s first years with the LA Phil, recent recordings have become scarce. Deutsche Grammophon has announced a new partnership with Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, now in their 10th season together. Hopefully this leads to more recordings so the whole world can see what Los Angeles already knows, that Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are the greatest musical combo in the US if not the entire world." Report Abuse
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