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Nutcracker (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Tchaikovsky , Mackerras , Lso Audio Cassette


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Charles Mackerras is one of the most purely musical and versatile conductors around. In fact, he's never made a bad record, and this Nutcracker is outstanding. It also served as the soundtrack to a movie version of the ballet, and Mackerras's interpretation has a sense of cinematic spectacle that's very appropriate. He brings superb drama to the action sequences: the battle with the Mouse King, bustling Christmas scenes at the opening, and the "transformation" of the Christmas tree. In the second act (which is where most of the famous Suite comes from), each of the dances is sharply characterized. In short, a great performance. --David Hurwitz

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No cheap substitute Dec 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of all the recordings of the Nutcracker that I've heard, this is my favorite (and not just because its from a movie that featured my home town troupe - the PNB). Everything is perfect tempo wise - from the overture to the cute little opera excerpt at the end. No dragging waltzes to tick me off. The loud cannons during the fighting scenes can get annoying after awhile - but the way Mackerras delivers this classic makes up for this and for a movie that sports a lot of elbow and ankle shots. The Sendak cover is great too!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance of the Complete Nutcracker Ballet - and a bargain! Aug. 10 2011
By Phil in Magnolia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This performance was at the top of the list of recommendations when it was first released in 1987 (the recording was made in 1986), and it is equally good today. The Gramophone Good CD Guide 1994: Reviews of the Best Classical CDs You Can Buy, for example, still listed it first for the Nutcracker, and it was given high marks for quality of performance and sound. (From that Gramophone review: "Under Mackerras the music glows with colour and has superb vitality; the stunningly rich Telarc recording helps too. This is a wonderful entertainment from the first bar to the last and the documentation is admirable. As a bonus we are offered a charming duet from the Queen of Spades").

It is the second performance of the Nutcracker that I obtained for my collection, and both are so excellent that I do not feel that I need any others (the first purchase I made is Temirkanov conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, on RCA, probably still my favorite, but no longer available as far as I know: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete on 2 CDs)--Temirkanov/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).

The Nutcracker is wonderful music, always enjoyable and particularly during the holidays, and Sir Charles Mackerras and the London Symphony Orchestra are faultless, as is the recording quality on Telarc CD. There is the added bonus that this 2-disc set is not one of the new issues that have been made without good booklets and notes. The 22 page (all in English) booklet included with this set includes a scene by scene explanation of the work, a nice short biography of the composer and the writing of the Nutcracker, and notes on the movie production and set design by Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are").

An excellent choice for this timeless music, it will not disappoint you. At the current price (much less expensive that I paid when I purchased it some years ago), it is a bargain!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique! Nov. 28 1999
By Madame Classique - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the most beautiful CD I have ever heard. If you love music, not just classical music, then you'll fall in love with this CD. The movie and the CD go together perfectly, and they are both treasurable masterpieces.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Fast Nov. 15 2012
By Thin Lizzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been in The Nutcracker many times. While this CD is fine for listening, I don't recommend it for dancing. The songs are all taken a good bit faster than other recordings or even live performances.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an Excellent CD!!! Oct. 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I think this CD is wonderful! I dance in the nutcracker ballet and it is just like the performance music. This CD helps you to imagine that you're there and you are dancing along with all the other dancers!!!!
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