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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev

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"Tchaikovsky’s magical story comes to life as Pletnev reasserts his reputation as an outstanding ballet conductor. The delightfully detailed playing brings these enchanting characters to life, in a well paced, elegant narrative."
- Classic FM

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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14  
1
Overture
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
3:14
The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14: Act I  
2
Tableau 1: Decoration of the Christmas tree
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
4:01
3
Tableau 1: March
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
2:31
4
Tableau 1: Children's galop and entry of the parents
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
2:30
5
Tableau 1: Scene dansante
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
6:16
6
Tableau 1: Scene and Grandfather's Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
7:56
7
Tableau 1: Departure of the guests - Night
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
7:37
8
Tableau 1: The battle and transformation scene
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
3:26
9
Tableau 2: The forest of fir trees in winter
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
4:13
10
Tableau 2: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
7:12
The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14: Act II  
1
Tableau 3: The enchanted palace of the kingdom of sweets
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
4:14
2
Tableau 3: Arrival of Clara and the Nutcracker
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
4:26
3
Tableau 3: Divertissement: a. Chocolate - Spanish Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
1:15
4
Tableau 3: Divertissement: b. Coffee - Arabian Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
3:41
5
Tableau 3: Divertissement: c. Tea - Chinese Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
1:08
6
Tableau 3: Divertissement: d. Trepak - Russian Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
1:07
7
Tableau 3: Divertissement: e. Dance of the Toy Flutes
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
2:34
8
Tableau 3: Divertissement: f. Mother Gigogne and the clowns
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
2:50
9
Tableau 3: Waltz of the flowers
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
7:25
10
Tableau 3: Pas de deux: The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
5:33
11
Tableau 3: Variation 1: Tarantella
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
0:42
12
Tableau 3: Variation 2: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
2:21
13
Tableau 3: Coda
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
1:17
14
Tableau 3: Final waltz
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
3:49
15
Tableau 3: Apotheosis
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev
1:48
Total Playing Time    1:33:06
"Four Stars ... the RNO woodwind have plenty of character throughout and are brightly lit by Ondine’s vivid recording; prepare for an earthquake in the big, symphonic Act I climaxes, the sphere in which Pletnev truly excels ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"... the general impression I get is of a conductor who can almost envision the dancers on stage, loves the music, has an idea how it should go and isn’t trying to impress me ... it’s well played ... has warm, plush sound to support the performance."
- Fanfare

Grammy-winning conductor Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra present the complete ballet music of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the follow-up to their acclaimed recording of the composer's complete Swan Lake. Pletnev has earned an international reputation for his Tchaikovsky interpretations, most specifically his piano transcriptions of The Nutcracker Suite.
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