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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (Complete Ballet)

Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov

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"Vedernikov allows the music to speak for itself ... includes some elegant celesta playing in the Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and a most sensual and magical Coffee - Arabian Dance.
- Classic FM

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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14: Act I  
1
Overture
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
3:10
2
Tableau I: Decoration of the Christmas tree
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
4:01
3
Tableau I: March
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:26
4
Tableau I: Children's galop and entry of the parents
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:34
5
Tableau I: Arrival of Drosselmayer
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
6:06
6
Tableau I: The Nutcracker and Grandfather dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
7:07
7
Tableau I: Departure of the guests. Night
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
7:13
8
Tableau I: The battle and transformation scene
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
3:37
9
Tableau II: The forest of fir trees in winter
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
3:53
10
Tableau II: Waltz of the snowflakes
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
7:09
The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14: Act II  
1
Tableau III: The enchanted palace of the kingdom of sweets
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
4:07
2
Tableau III: Arrival of Clara and the Nutcracker
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
4:38
3
Tableau III: Divertissement: a. Chocolate - Spanish Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
1:14
4
Tableau III: Divertissement: b. Coffee - Arabian Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
3:24
5
Tableau III: Divertissement: c. Tea - Chinese Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
1:04
6
Tableau III: Divertissement: d. Trepak - Russian Dance
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
1:08
7
Tableau III: Divertissement: e. Dance of the Toy Flutes
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:42
8
Tableau III: Divertissement: f. Mother Gigogne and the clowns
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:49
9
Tableau III: Waltz of the flowers
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
7:00
10
Tableau III: Pas de deux: The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
5:06
11
Tableau III: Variation I (Tarantella)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
0:47
12
Tableau III: Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:14
13
Tableau III: Coda
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
1:24
14
Tableau III: Final waltz and apotheosis
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
5:24
Swan Lake, Op. 20  
15
Introduction
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
4:37
16
Variation 1
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
0:53
17
Variation 2
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
0:52
18
Coda
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
2:24
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24  
19
Act III: Polonaise
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow; Alexander Vedernikov
5:00
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:44:03
"Four Stars ... (a) fine performance ... everything sparkles ... played with a freshness that seldom lags ... what hearing the complete score shows is that there is lots of equally great music here that didn’t make it to the suites."
- Audiophile Audition

This double album contains Tchaikovsky's complete ballet of The Nutcracker, performed by the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow under Alexander Vedernikov. The programme is rounded out with excerpts from Swan Lake and Eugene Onegin, all presented in typical stunning PentaTone sound quality.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Executive Producers: Anton Getman, Alexander Vedernikov & Job Maarse
Recording Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Engineer: Roger de Schot
Editing: Matthijs Ruijter, RicoYntema
Recording venue: Moscow, 2/2006
A co-production of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and PentaTone Music

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, DPA 4006 &DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter.
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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