Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites (transcribed for Piano Duo)

Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites (transcribed for Piano Duo)


Tchaikovsky:

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a

Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Sergei Rachmaninov

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Anton Arensky

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Eduard Leontyevich Langer

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Suite for Piano Duo transcribed by Claude Debussy


Mari Kodama (piano) & Momo Kodama (piano)

Together for the first time in the recording studio, the sisters Mari and Momo Kodama are on scintillating form in these lively arrangements of music from Tchaikovsky’s ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker. In another first, the release contains the first ever recording of Arensky’s transcription of the timeless Nutcracker together with notable arrangements by Debussy and Rachmaninov.

“Tchaikovsky was really the first composer to combine a broad sweep of ballet music with a great story,” the Kodama sisters write in their introduction to the release, “before that, it more resembled a compilation of pieces…in all three works there is folkloric and popular music. He has the great skill to make such vivid colours and textures on a large canvas… This makes his orchestral works very special.” “Our challenge was to use just two pianos … to bring the same sense of scale,” they write, “with just two pianos the atmosphere is more intimate, it brings a different quality to the music. And the composers who made the transcriptions brought their own personality to bear on the works. So we tried to reflect that in our playing.”

The sisters Mari and Momo Kodama both pursue busy international careers. Momo specialises in French and Japanese composers and 20th century and contemporary composers; she has been widely praised for her ‘attractive, lyrical tone’ and ‘technical brilliance’. Mari has established an international reputation for profound musicality and articulate virtuosity; she has recorded extensively for PENATONE, including an acclaimed cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas.

“The Sugar Plum Fairy sounds as delicate on piano as for the celesta or the original orchestration, and the delicious Pas de deux loses nothing in translation...An enjoyable way to encounter these scores.” The Observer, 8th January 2017 ***

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto


Tchaikovsky:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23

Alexandra Dariescu (piano)

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Alexandra Dariescu makes her concerto recording debut on Signum with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Darrell Ang, pairing this with Mikhail Pletnev’s concert suite of arrangements from 'The Nutcracker'.

Alexandra Dariescu has garnered an impressive reputation for her outstanding solo recordings and concert performances, and was recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career in the International Piano Magazine.

“Ang and Dariescu’s approach to the concerto’s famous opening points to an urgent and incisive reading. And that’s how it continues. I was particularly impressed by the pianist’s firm control of the notes and the conductor’s diligent, entirely supportive accompaniment … If there’s one word that sums up this album for me it’s modesty; indeed, the concerto succeeds precisely because it doesn’t attempt to storm that daunting summit.” MusicWeb International, 9th November 2016

“Dariescu has plenty of power and agility, but she deplys them strictly for the sake of the music rather than for her own glory. Above all she knows how to shape lines by means of tactical withdrawal of lighter elements in a phrase…richly satisfying.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

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Solti at the Ballet

Solti at the Ballet


Dukas:

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Offenbach:

Gaîté Parisienne

arr. Rosenthal

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Rossini:

La Boutique fantasque

arr. Respighi

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake, Op. 20 Suite

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Chicago Symphony Orchestra


The Hungarian-born conductor Georg Solti (1912–1997) was one of Decca’s most prolific recording artists. Eloquence’s survey of his recordings features, in the main, some of his earliest recordings for the company. Although recorded as far back as 1960, during his tenure with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Solti’s recording of Gaîté parisienne remains one of the sonically most thrilling orchestral recordings ever to be made and a performance that is no less impactful. Both the Rossini/Respighi and the Dukas pieces were recorded with the Israel Philharmonic in the late 1950s at a time when Solti also recorded music by Mozart, Schubert Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky with this orchestra. The coupling of the Rossini/Respighi and Dukas works was the first recording Decca was to issue with the Israel Philharmonic (in September 1957).

In 1967, Solti became music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a post he held until 1991. During his tenure there, his work as a recording artist continued unabated, including complete symphony cycles by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky. As music director laureate, he continued to record with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra until 1997.

“The Nutcracker suite brings consistently responsive playing from every department of this fine orchestra, and many touches of affectionate detail from Solti … The whole performance is relaxed yet characterful and the individual dances emerge as freshly as ever.” Gramophone Magazine, May 1987

“The Swan Lake suite … has a winning spontaneity” Gramophone Magazine, May 1989

“The Covent Garden orchestra is on its toes, and its new conductor gets some exhilarating playing, and the quality is all you could wish for” Gramophone Magazine, November 1961 (Offenbach)

“an absolutely splendid recording … This Solti performance [of La Boutique fantasque] is sheer delight, played as it is with a combination of style and gusto it needs; a most exhilarating performance … this is an excellent debut on Decca” Gramophone Magazine, October 1957 (Rossini/Respighi, Dukas)

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Pictures: Music for Horns and Percussion

Pictures: Music for Horns and Percussion


Mussorgsky:

A Night on the Bare Mountain

arranged by Georg Köhler

Pictures at an Exhibition

arranged by Stephan Schottstädt

Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64

arranged by Stephan Schottstädt

Shostakovich:

Suite for Variety Orchestra

arranged by Christoph Eß

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

arranged by Ralph Ficker


Simon Rossler (percussion, piano, celesta)

german hornsound 8.1, Hannes Krämer

The 'Great Gate of Kiev' is in itself huge. But with the eight horns of german hornsound plus percussion amplification it becomes gigantic!

After their successful Verdi-Wagner Portrait 'Siegfried and Violetta', the world-class horn players appear again in 8.1 wide-screen format on their second Genuin CD. However, before the listener is blasted away by the sound of the Great Gate, he travels through a veritable musical Jurassic Park: spooked by The Gnome, a witches’ sabbath on the Bald Mountain, and morbid waltzes and emotional suffering with Romeo and Juliet.

On the program: Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev – here dances the Russian bear!

Genuin - GEN15340

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Tchaikovsky & Saint‐Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4‐Hands

Tchaikovsky & Saint‐Saëns: Arrangements for Organ 4‐Hands


Bölting:

French Toccata on 'Helmut'

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

arranged for Organ 4‐Hands


Emanuele Cardi & Gianfranco Nicoletti (organ)

This CD is a showcase of the magnificent organ, built in 2011 by the famous organ builder Mascioni, located in the Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano, in Vairano Scalo.

The seemingly boundless possibilities of this instrument, which is inspired by the legendary Cavaillé‐Coll organs, are demonstrated in these spectacular arrangements of two popular scores, the Carnival of the Animals by Saint‐ Saëns and the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky: a festival of colours, timbres and sheer power!

Played with obvious zest and enjoyment by two fine Italian organists: Emanuele Cardi and Gianfranco Nicoletti.

Booklet contains liner notes and information about the organ specifications.

Brilliant Classics - 94881

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Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Nutcracker Suites

Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn: Nutcracker Suites


 

Nutcracker Suite

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Harmonie Ensemble New York, Steven Richman

Reviving the art of 'swinging the classics', Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York present two different versions of the beloved 'Nutcracker' Suite, side-by-side on the same album for the first time: the Tchaikovsky original of 1892, followed by the 1960 jazz remake masterminded by the American dream team of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Compare and contrast! [Hands up all those brought up on Bee Bumble and the Stingers?]

"The idea for The Two Nutcrackers came about when trombonist Art Baron, who had played with the Duke, brought over a pile of LPs by Ellington, among them a 1960 recording of the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite in Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s superb jazz arrangement.

I immediately fell in love with this recreation, and decided I just had to perform it. Then it occurred to me that it would be a great combination to put the original Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite together on the same recording with the Duke’s jazz version...This seemed a perfect follow-up to my recent symphonic jazz CDs, which include Gershwin by Grofé: Original Orchestrations & Arrangements...Then I realized an amazing coincidence. I had devoted over a decade to the music of Dvorák, and to raising funds for erecting a statue of the composer in Stuyvesant Square Park in New York, across the street from where he lived at 327 East 17th Street (and composed the famous “New World” Symphony). While in New York from 1892-95, Dvorák taught the future teachers of Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington, three of America’s greatest composers. When I realized that my recent projects had been devoted to those same great musicians, it seemed a slam-dunk to continue with this concept! The Duke himself said “There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind.” I completely agree, so let the music and performances speak for themselves, for all to enjoy." Steven Richman

“Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz adaptation is now something of a classic. Here is a fresh new recording which, enterprisingly, couples it with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s original score.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2013

“All fantastic, and the results never detract from the magnificence of Tchaikovsky’s original...Fantastic fun, and nice sleeve art too.” The Arts Desk, 18th October 2013

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Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet & Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien. Francesca da Rimini, Romeo and Juliet & Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

Capriccio italien, Op. 45

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32

London Symphony Orchestra, Anthony Collins

Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum


Four of Tchaikovsky’s most popular orchestral works make their appearances here in historic Decca and Philips recordings appearing internationally on CD for the first time. Most travellers to Italy content themselves with writing postcards. Tchaikovsky, on the other hand, wrote a popular symphonic work. His Capriccio italien was inspired by impressions made upon the composer during a three-month stay in Rome during the winter of 1879–80. This colourful and exciting work was first heard at the end of 1880, and right from the start, it was a popular success. Tchaikovsky prepared a suite of excerpts for concert performance even before The Nutcracker was completed. The Russian musicologist Boris Asafyev perceptively called this suite a ‘symphony about childhood’. Indeed, among Tchaikovsky’s major works, it is notable for its lack of fatalism and hysteria. These two joyous pieces encase two of Tchaikovsky’s greatest tone poems about star-crossed lovers. Its opening depicts the terrifying panorama of the second circle of Hell, Francesca da Rimini tells the story of Paolo and Francesca, condemned to damnation for a kiss. Shakespeare also found a home on Tchaikovsky’s proverbial bedside table. Many composers have found inspiration in the Bard’s famous ‘star-cross’d’ lovers. Tchaikovsky counted his contribution to this genre, the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, among his very best works.

The Sussex-born conductor Anthony Collins left a treasured legacy for Decca, including the symphonies and selected tone poems by Sibelius. The Dutchman Eduard van Beinum was revered by orchestras for his generosity of spirit and for a time conducted both ‘his’ Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the London Philharmonic simultaneously.

“The LSO under Collins provides balletic grace and drama. Van Beinum conducts the smoother-sounding LPO and Concertgebouw in engaging accounts of Romeo and Nutcracker.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2012 ***

“Everything Eduard van Beinum recorded was distinctive … the electricity and finesse of the performances is never in doubt … The Nutcracker is beautifully played and … the ear is taken by the neat, scaled down effect of the Overture, the gentle delicacy of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and the elegance of the lovely Waltz of the flowers, with ripe horns and resonant cello playing.” Gramophone Magazine

“Decca's new Capriccio Italien opens with wonderfully resonant trumpet-calls (surely far more impressive than the Italian Royal Cuirassiers ever could have made them sound in their barracks for Tchaikovsky's benefit !) ; and indeed it continues throughout with recording of a very high standard […] Francesca da Rimini [is notable for the] warm quality of recording … seldom can a gong have sounded more menacing than at the beginning here … this Francesca quite certainly must have [an] unhesitating recommendation” Gramophone Magazine

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Holiday Classics

Holiday Classics


Gruber, F:

Silent Night

arr G Schwarz

Handel:

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348

ed G Schwarz

Hopkins, J H:

We three Kings of Orient are

arr G Schwarz

Pachelbel:

Canon

Redner:

O little town of Bethlehem (St Louis)

arr S Jones

Schwarz, G:

Variations on Greensleeves

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

trad.:

We wish you a merry Christmas

arr G Schwarz

Coventry Carol

arr Ben Hausmann

Yon:

Gesu bambino

arr Ben Hausmann


Seattle Symphony’s first holiday album embraces works composed specifically for Christmas as well as other pieces that convey a universal message of peace, love and hope—the essence of humanity’s highest aspirations. Music Director Gerard Schwarz asked two composers, the Symphony’s Composer in Residence Samuel Jones and Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Ben Hausmann, to “make the music their own” by scoring several of the pieces to retain the unaffected simplicity of these well-known Christmas and concert works. Schwarz joined them in this task, arranging or editing several of the pieces, with the resulting works celebrating the remarkable artistry of the musicians of the Orchestra. In these new settings, recorded entirely in Benaroya Hall, the music emerges with honest, untarnished beauty.

“This album is a class act. The programming is clever. Highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite and the baroque era form bookends and interludes between chic arrangements of traditional carols. The concept is clever since it features the Seattle Symphony’s own composers, arrangers, and very talented soloists. The results are wonderful too. In the world of purely orchestral Christmas albums, this is about as good as it gets.” MusicWeb International, November 2012

Naxos - 8572673

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Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites

Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites


Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake: Ballet Suite

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Sleeping Beauty, Suite, Op. 66a


RCA Classical Masters - 88697840072

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Voyage Russe

Voyage Russe


Glière:

Russian Sailors' Dance from The Red Poppy

Glinka:

Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35: excerpts

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Alliage Quintett

Sony - 88697853452

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