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Tchaikovsky - Sir Charles Mackerras: Nutcracker

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Coveted 1986 Recording Reissued on Vinyl for the First Time in 20 Years!

By 1890 Tchaikovsky was one of the most famous composers in the world, universally regarded as the greatest musician in the history of Russia. He was the author of symphonies, concertos, operas, quartets and occasional pieces, but some of his best successes had come with that most characteristic and beloved Russian art form, the ballet.

Late in 1890, he was approached by Prince Vselvolozhsky, director of the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg, and Marius Petipa, the French dancer and choreographer who created an unprecedented standard of ballet production and execution after settling in Russia in 1847, to compose a full evening's entertainment – a one-act opera and a ballet. The subject for the opera was to be Tchaikovsky's choice (he picked King Rene's Daughter by the Danish dramatist Hendrik Herz, which the composer's brother Modest turned into a libretto title Iolanthe), but that for the ballet was specified as E.T.A. Hoffmann's story of Nutcracker and the Mouse King, one of the most popular tales in Russia at the time. Tchaikovsky had read Hoffmann's Nutcracker in 1882 "with great pleasure," and accepted the commission.

Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras was universally praised for his Telarc recordings of the Mozart symphonies and for his brilliant interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Here we have the beloved latter, a dramatic performance of the perennial holiday favorite with the London Symphony Orchestra captured for posterity at the Watford Town Hall in London in May of 1986.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composer
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
The London Symphony Orchestra

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  1. Overture
  2. Scene 1: The Christmas Tree
  3. Scene 2: March
  4. Scene 3: Children's Galop & Arrival Of The Guests
  5. Scene 4: Dance Scene & Arrival Of Drosselmeyer
  6. Scene 5: Scene & Grandfather's Dance
  7. Scene 6: The Magic Spell Begins
  8. Scene 7: The Battle Between The Nutcracker & The Mouse King
  9. Scene 8: Scene In The Pine Forest (Journey Through The Snow)
  10. Scene 9: Waltz Of The Snowflakes
  11. Scene 10: The Magic Castle
  12. Scene 11: Clara & The Prince
  13. Chocolate: Spanish Dance
  14. Coffee: Arabian Dance
  15. Tea: Chinese Dance
  16. Trepak
  17. Dance Of The Mirlitons
  18. Mother Giggle & The Clowns
  19. Scene 13: Waltz Of The Flowers
  20. Dance Of The Prince & The Sugar-Plum Fairy
  21. Variation 1: Tarantella
  22. Variation 2: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
  23. Coda
  24. Scene 15: Final Waltz & Apotheosis

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