The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet (2006)

Tchaikovsky

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Alexander Vedernikov

During a journey through Italy in 1882, Peter Tchaikovsky received a parcel in the post from a friend containing a book with the fairy tale Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This was, however, in the French adaptation Histoire d’un casse-noi- sette, which AlexandreDumas senior had published in 1844. The original by the German author E.T.A. Hoffmann was published at Christmastime in 1816, and was included at the time in the collection Die Serapionsbrüder. A contemporary review stated that the text was hardly a fairy tale, “but the rogue only takes on the mask of the child, in order to make fun of decent people by means of words and ges- tures in an even more amusing man- ner”. This story depicts “a complete world with all its fantastic objects, the way this presents itself to the fearful, innocent and yet greedy soul of a child (of the girl Marie of noble birth) in a delightful dream”: i.e. as a battle of the good (the dolls and toys) against the evil (the mice in the girl’s bedroom) in a fantastic Kingdom of Sweets, to which Marie is transport- ed through mysterious doors by the Nutcracker, her Christmas present.

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Alexander Vedernikov

Alexander Vedernikov is one of the most promising Russian conductors of the young generation. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and in 1988 joined the Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow where he conducted many opera’s with great success. In the 2001/2002 season he became Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. Alexander Vedernikov conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest with the Russian National Orchestra. 
He gave many concerts with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in Russia and toured with them in Germany, Austria and the UK. He also conducted at opera houses such as the Metropolitan New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Semper Opera Dresden and La Scala. Alexander Vedernikov worked as guest conductor with many orchestras like The Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony.

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The Nutcracker: Complete Ballet (2006)

Tchaikovsky

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Roger de Schot
Recording location: Moscow
Recording Software: Merging / Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Overture
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Decoration of the Christmas tree
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March
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Children's galop and entry of the parents
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Arrival of Drosselmayer
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The Nutcracker and Grandfather dance
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Departure of the guests. Night.
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The battle and transformation scene
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The forest of fir trees in winter
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Waltz of the snowflakes
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The enchanted palace of the kingdom of sweets
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Arrival of Clara and the Nutcracker
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Chocolate - Spanish Dance
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Coffee - Arabian Dance
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Tea - Chinese Dance
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Trepak - Russian Dance
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Dance of the Toy Flutes
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Mother Gigogne and the clowns
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Waltz of the flowers
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Pas de deux - The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
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Variation I (Tarantella)
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Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)
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Coda
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Final waltz and apotheosis
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"From ""Swan Lake"" Op. 20 - Introduction (orch. Vissarion Shebalin) Violin solo: Inna Li"
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"From ""Swan Lake"" Op. 20 - Variation 1 (orch. Vissarion Shebalin)"
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"From ""Swan Lake"" Op. 20 - Variation 2 (orch. by the composer)"
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"From ""Swan Lake"" Op. 20 - Coda (orch. Vissarion Shebalin)"
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