Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

December 14, 2011 at the David H. Koch Theater. New York


Megan Fairchild, Joaquin De Luz, Teresa Reichlen, Daniel Ulbricht

New York City Ballet Orchestra & New York City Ballet

Choreography - George Balanchine

Experience the wonder of New York City Ballet’s iconic holiday classic on the big screen. In George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.

Balanchine’s stunning choreography shines amidst awe-inspiring set pieces, ornate costumes, and grand one-of-a-kind visual effects, like the one-ton Christmas tree that grows to an astonishing 40 feet. NYCB’s beloved production has been performed in New York City every year since its premiere on February 2, 1954, and is seen live by more than 100,000 people annually.

Running Time: Total: 110 mins (100 mins + 10 mins bonus)

Picture: 16:9, HD

Sound: BD: DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM Stereo

Subtitles: English (original language), German, French (Bonus only)

Booklet: English, German, French

“A enduringly and deservedly popular production that's captured well in this new release.” MusicWeb International, 7th December 2016

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major - 738704

(Blu-ray)

$33.75

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker & Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker & Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


On the 18th December, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, 'The Nutcracker' was first introduced to the world. Now, almost 125 years since that opening night and from the very same hall, the Mariinsky’s current Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev, reveals only his second recording of Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece. A perfectly judged realisation of one of classical music’s most cherished works.

Gergiev is an expert in Tchaikovsky’s music and his interpretations of 'The Nutcracker are among the most celebrated: "Gergiev takes us back to that first light of inspiration, and his orchestra plays as if guided by the composer’s own hand." The New York Times

Based upon E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve, 'The Nutcracker' has become an essential part of festive celebrations the world over. Adored for pieces like 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' and 'The Waltz of the Flowers', it contains some of Tchaikovsky’s most popular work and is perhaps the most famous ballet music ever written.

Closing the album is Tchaikovsky’s powerfully emotional Fourth Symphony. As the composer wrote, it is "patterned after Beethoven’s Fifth" and is well known for its theme of ‘fate’, announced by the ominous recurring fanfare that holds the unique symphonic form together. This coupling displays two very different sides of Tchaikovsky’s music, illustrating him as a complex man who battled to balance inner turmoils as well as utmost joy. Perhaps summed up by the final line of Tchaikovsky’s famous programme note:

"Reproach yourself and do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other’s rejoicing. To live is still bearable."

“Now here is a glory, a double CD coupling Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, as glamorous a musical chocolate box collection as you could hope for, and the mighty Fourth Symphony … The performance of Nutcracker is intoxicating in its beauty – all the magic and sparkle is there. I felt as though I had been sprinkled with stardust; it’s glossy and glittering and gorgeous.” Herald Scotland, 18th November 2016

“Gergiev paints Tchaikovsky’s dream-world in the boldest colours…the Mariinsky Orchestra plays the score with theatrical verve and virtuosity, and the crystal-clear recording really brings out all the subtle inner details of Tchaikovsky’s orchestration” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 *****

“Unsurprisingly, the big moments are powerful: those arching phrases as the Nutcracker leads Clara off into the Land of Snow are glorious, as is the sumptuous pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince…a stocking-filler to suit the most ardent Tchaikovskians this Christmas” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“you can tell this an orchestra that knows Nutcracker like no other.” Record Review, 24th December 2016

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Mariinsky - MAR0593

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71


This is the concluding recording in Neeme Järvi’s series with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra devoted to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets. This complete, uncut version of The Nutcracker follows The Sleeping Beauty (CHSA5113(2)) and Swan Lake (CHSA5124(2)), both of which have been much awarded.

The Nutcracker draws its influences from both Hoffmann’s and Dumas’s tales of the same name, and makes delightful use of ‘le joli’, i.e. ‘the pretty’, in music – vivacious themes decked out in ingenious orchestration – already mastered by Léo Delibes in Coppélia.

The Nutcracker relates the dreams of Clara Silberhaus on Christmas Eve, aroused by the nutcracker which her mysterious godfather has given her. Then the guests’ lulling and languishing waltzes take her on a fantastic journey from a mystical snowy forest to the princely kingdom of Confiturembourg. Tchaikovsky illustrates this journey with various musical themes, such as confectionary, flowers, and Mirlitons, as well as Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian dances.

Commissioned by the director of the Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, The Nutcracker was premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg in 1892. It came in a doublebill with the opera Iolanta, also commissioned by Vsevolozhsky. For this recording, Neeme Järvi and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra have re-explored Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece together, in order to offer a completely new experience of one of the most-performed ballets in musical history.

“while Järvi admirably manages to avoid the sense of scramble that has previously characterised similar efforts, this is still way too fast for comfort. His conducting is characterful throughout, and particularly effective in the second half of act one, when the fairytale atmosphere turns scary. The Bergen Philharmonic’s playing, meanwhile, is both virtuosic and impeccably detailed.” The Guardian, 13th November 2014 ***

“His tempi are nifty, not-for-dancing leg-breakers, but he captures the delicacy, transparency and sheer magic of this miraculous score...wonderfully woozy string glissandi are sprinkled with celesta stardust as the Nutcracker Prince and Clara wend their way to Confiturembourg” Sunday Times, 4th January 2015

“A magnificently realistic recorded performance which features an orchestra whose playing seems to go from strength to strength...this is a thoroughly engaging performance which will delight those who have collected the earlier releases in this Bergen/Tchaikovsky ballet series.” MusicWeb International, January 2015

“a zestful Nutcracker...While posing few problems for his virtuoso players, the listener is left with head spinning.” Classical Music ***

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Neeme Järvi - up to 20% off

Chandos - CHSA5144

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71


Alina Somova (Masha the Princess), Vladimir Shklyarov (The Nutcracker Prince), Alexandra Korshunova (Masha) & Fyodor Lopukhov (Drosselmeyer)

Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

Libretto by MARIUS PETIPA after the story by ETA Hoffmann

Choreography by VASILY VAINONEN

Production design by SIMON VIRSALADZE

Mariinsky Theatre Musical Director, Valery Gergiev, conducts Tchaikovsky’s glorious score in this enchanting, traditional, Russian production of The Nutcracker. Vainonen’s stunning choreography is complemented by Simon Virsaladze’s wonderfully colourful designs, and the roles of Masha and her Nutcracker Prince are danced by two of the Mariinsky’s award-winning, international soloists, all of which make this as magical and memorable a Christmas treat as ever.

NEWLY RECORDED IN HIGH DEFINITION

NTSC 16:9

L-PCM STEREO + DTS + 5.1 SURROUND SOUND

103 MINS

ALL REGIONS

“Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov make a good-looking, well-matched couple and are technically utterly self-assured.” MusicWeb International, 23rd April 2013

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Warner Classics - 2564656309

(DVD Video)

$15.25

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Aurora Variation (Sleeping Beauty)


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Chœurs d’enfants de l’école FACE, Charles Dutoit

A favourite ballet all round the year, but a perennial at Christmas-time, Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Nutcracker has never perhaps received as luxurious a recorded performance as that of Charles Dutoit and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. The coupling – Aurora’s Dream – is a suite of dances, mostly from the last act of The Sleeping Beauty, put together by Sergei Diaghilev to enable him to give performances of this music without throwing him into heavy debt (which was the case with his staging of the lavish production with the Ballets russes at London’s Alhambra Theatre in 1921).

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806549

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Experience Edition)

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Experience Edition)

This special, limited edition 2-CD set features a 52 page booklet detailing the history and context of the work through photographs, illustrations, essays as well as an introduction from Sir Simon Rattle himself.


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71


“Some of the tunes are so famous that you even forget that someone had to write them: what could be more perfect than the pas de deux after the Waltz of the Flowers, which is just a G major scale? We fell in love with this music, rehearsing and performing it, and we think it is magic.” Simon Rattle

“There are certain things one can take for granted with a Berlin Phil recording. The silky sheen of the upper strings, the accuracy of the ensemble playing, the variety of tonal colours in the woodwind, the now mellow-now-blazing brass playing - and they're all here on this highly enjoyable performance.” Classic FM Magazine, January 2011 ***

“In his Birmingham days Sir Simon showed a distinct coolness about Russian Romantic music, but here he lavishes care over the Tchaikovsky ballet most closely associated with Christmas. The opportunity to hear his virtuoso Berliners in the Act 2 dances is not to be passed up, but it’s very much a concert reading” Financial Times, 4th December 2010 ***

“There is a consistent sense here that Rattle has the consistent scenario and its detail firmly in view, so that the children's fluctuating emotions of wonderment, vexation and disappointment are clearly etched in...this magnificent recording underlines its magical and musical magnetism.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010

“Those of us who have always loved it can breathe again. It’s good to welcome Rattle to the Nutcracker fold, especially as he, too, seems to have fallen in love with Tchaikovsky’s astonishingly original score...the Berlin strings are simply gorgeous. Rattle keeps a tight rein on the dramatic action of Act I and revels in the popular character dances of Act II” Sunday Times, 19th December 2010 ****

“the playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is superb, the precision and articulation of the woodwind and of the first oboe, in particular, a delight; every detail is there, perfectly realised and balanced.” The Guardian, 4th November 2010 ***

“The wealth of melodies contained in The Nutcracker, is all the more remarkable, as Simon Rattle suggests, for the depressive state of its composer...Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker enter fully into the spirit of things, infusing the classic "March" with a lovely toytown pomp. Delightful.” The Independent, 29th October 2010 *****

“This is a high-definition, low-camp midnight feast. The bravura sequence of dances in Confiturembourg has authentic fizz: the shrill Chinese Dance comes with a peppery underpinning of bassoons, while the celesta in Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy acquires an almost sinister glow” The Independent on Sunday, 15th November 2010

“Complete with well illustrated 52-page booklet and a touching introduction by Simon Rattle explaining how, after initial resistance, he came to love Tchaikovsky's music, this complete Nutcracker ballet is glorious. The quality of the Berliners' playing is unrivalled, with some of the best woodwind you'll ever hear.” The Observer, 21st November 2010

“The Berlin Philharmonic plays superbly, Rattle characterising the first act’s scenario and its emotional fluxes with a sure hand and finding a deft touch for the dances in the second. This is a performance that really makes The Nutcracker come alive as a dramatic and musical entity” The Telegraph, 5th November 2010 *****

“Rattle seems happiest conducting the darker, more fantastical scenes of Act One. He certainly relishes the Drosselmeyer character...characterised with grotesque, brusque chords. Elsewhere the Miniature Overture, defying the acoustic, keeps bright and perky; while the Snow King and Queen’s waltz almost reaches the succulent kiss of Richard Strauss.” The Times, 5th November 2010 ***

EMI - 6316212

(CD - 2 discs)

$25.00

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, on 19th & 20th December 2007.


Damian Smith, Elizabeth Powell, Davit Karapetyan, David Arce, Yuan Yuan Tan, Pierre-François Vilanoba & Vanessa Zahorian

San Francisco Ballet & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson.

This visually stunning, all-new production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grand scale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale at the time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational. From the lovely Waltz of the Flowers to the crystalline beauty of the stunning Snowflake Waltz, each scene is more breathtaking than the last, bringing to life all the wellknown and beloved characters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality. Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound, this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magical journey which has received critical acclaim throughout the world.

BONUS MATERIAL

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interviews with Helgi Tomasson, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz.

Documentary: 1915 World's Fair.

‘The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities.’ San Francisco Examiner

Picture 1080i High Definition / 16:9 Sound 2.0 & 5.0 PCM

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4 Disc size BD50 Menu language EN Subtitles: FR/DE/ES/IT (extras only)

Region code All regions Running time 133 mins Dimensions W135 H170 D12 (mm)

“This sumptuous production of Nutcracker updates the scenario to San Francisco during the 1915 International Exposition. With ravishing sets, superb dancing and stunning sound, it is an absolute delight.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 *****

Blu-ray Disc

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Opus Arte - OABD7044D

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Suite No. 3 in G major, Op.55

Suite No. 4 in G major, Op.61 'Mozartiana'


L'Orchestre da la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800557

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.00

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op. 71 & Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op. 71 & Symphony No. 4


Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


Presto CD

DG Westminster - 4712282

(Presto CD - 2 discs)

$22.25

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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71

Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, on 19th & 20th December 2007


Damian Smith (Uncle Drosselmeyer), Elizabeth Powell (Clara), Davit Karapetyan (Nutcracker Prince), David Arce (King of the Mice), Yuan Yuan Tan (Queen of Snow), Pierre-François Vilanoba (King of Snow), Vanessa Zahorian (Sugar Plum Fairy)

San Francisco Ballet & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Martin West

Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

This visually stunning, all-new production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grand scale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale at the time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational. From the lovely Waltz of the Flowers to the crystalline beauty of the stunning Snowflake Waltz, each scene is more breathtaking than the last, bringing to life all the well-known and beloved characters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality. Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound, this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magical journey which is garnering critical acclaim throughout the world.

Bonus material:

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interviews with Helgi Tomasson, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz.

Documentary: 1915 World's Fair.

‘The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities.’ San Francisco Examiner

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 132 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND 5.0 / LPCM 2.0 STEREO
SUBTITLES: FR/DE/ES/IT

“This sumptuous production of Nutcracker updates the scenario to San Francisco during the 1915 International Exposition. With ravishing sets, superb dancing and stunning sound, it is an absolute delight.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2009 *****

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Format: NTSC

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Opus Arte - OA1002D

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