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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (ballet suite)/Swan Lake (excerpts)/Sleeping Beauty Waltz/ Bernstein, NY Philharmonic


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  • Audio CD (November 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000FCKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,999 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: I. Overture Miniature. Allegro giusto
2. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: A. Marche. Tempo di marcia viva
3. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: B. Dans de la fee dragee. Andante non troppo
4. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: C. Danese russe (Trepak). Tempo di Trepak, molto vivace
5. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: D. Dase arabe. Allegretto
6. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: E. Danse chinoise. Allegro moderato
7. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: II. Danses caracteristiques: F. Danse des mirlitoins. Moderato assai
8. The Nutcracker Ballet Suite, Op. 71a: III. Valse des fleurs. Tempo di valse
9. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I - No. 5 Pas de deux: I. Tempo di valse ma non troppo, quasi moderato
10. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I - No. 5 Pas de deux: II. Andante - Allegro
11. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I - No. 5 Pas de deux: III. Allegro moderato
12. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act I - No. 5 Pas de deux: IV. Coda. Allegro molto vivace
13. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No. 10. Scene. Moderato - No.13. Danses des cygnes
14. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: I. Tempo di valse
15. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: II. Moderato assai - Molto piu mosso
16. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: IV. Allegro moderato
17. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: V. Pas d'action. Andante - Allegro
18. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: VI. Tout le monde danse. Tempo di valse
19. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act II - No.13: VII. Coda. Allegro vivo
20. Swan Lake, Op. 20: Act III - No.15: Allegro giusto
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marie West on January 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD for my six year old grandaughter who was dancing in the local production of The Nutcracker for the second year, and she loved it. It contains the best pieces of the three ballets without being so long as to cause little listeners to lose interest, and is a good quality production as well. We enjoyed it throughout the Christmas season.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Chordas on February 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First let me say, I am a huge fan of Leonard Bernstein. I have some outstanding recordings of his that match no other. He has contributed greatly to keeping classical music alive and to my personal library as well. But I have to say that I have better recordings than these of the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Overall, if you listen to this CD it's fine with some impressive sound that you get from a large tight orchestra such as the NYP (after all, Bernstein was the one who directed them to be as closely knit as they are). The overall interpretation is big and loud with swift movement through the pieces. I personally like the music to sound a bit more expressive and intimate. That's not to say that these lack any emotion. But they are slightly off in tempi and expression to my liking.

For the Nutcracker, Karajan puts more depth into it and the orchestra is just as large. As for the Swan Lake, the interpretation by Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orch. (EMI) is richer and brighter than this Bernstein recording. It also happens to be the complete work and not just the highlights which, now that I have heard it in its entirety, there is no reason to have highlighted excerpts which take away from this phenomenal work by Tchaikovsky. It happens to be a low budget CD which is just an added bonus. So if you really want the highlights version, burn the same pieces from the Bernstein excerpts and there you go! Sorry Lenny.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Warden on August 22, 2006
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Crisp and lively! This CD offered all my favorites from the Nutcracker Suite, Swan Lake along with Sleeping Beauty. What more could I ask? Sound quality is supurb!
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I originally purchased these performances in the mid-1980s on LP, minus "The Sleeping Beauty" waltz and "Eugene Onegin" polonaise. The sound is considerably improved on this CD re-issue, thanks to 20-bit digital remastering. Bernstein's take on "The Nutcracker Suite" was not a favorite--it lacks affection and warmth--but I did enjoy the "Swan Lake" excerpts and still do. I know there are better accounts of this music, but I like Bernstein's take nonetheless. The New York Philharmonic plays gamely, and in Bernstein's earnest hands the music has a crispness and spunk that sounds absolutely right to me. The Waltz and Polonaise are welcome additions. Four star.
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