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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Complete Ballet

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Valery Gergiev , Kirov Orchestra and Choir Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - OvertureValery Gergiev 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 1 The Christmas TreeValery Gergiev 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 2 MarchValery Gergiev 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 3 Galop and Dance of the ParentsValery Gergiev 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 4 Dance Scene - The Presents of DrosselmeyerValery Gergiev 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 5 Scene - Grandfather DanceValery Gergiev 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 6 Clara and the NutcrackerValery Gergiev 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 7 The Nutcracker Battles the Army of the Mouse King - He Wins and Is Transformed into Prince CharmingValery Gergiev 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 8 In the Christmas TreeValery Gergiev 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 1 - No. 9 Scene and Waltz of the SnowflakesValery Gergiev 6:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 10 The Magic Castle on the Mountain of SweetsValery Gergiev 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 11 Clara and Prince CharmingValery Gergiev 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12a Chocolate (Spanish Dance)Valery Gergiev 1:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12b Coffee (Arabian Dance)Valery Gergiev 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12c Tea (Chinese Dance)Valery Gergiev 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12d Trépak (Russian Dance)Valery Gergiev 1:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12e Dance of the Reed PipesValery Gergiev 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 12f Polchinelle (The Clown)Valery Gergiev 2:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 13 Waltz of the FlowersValery Gergiev 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14a Pas de deux: IntradaValery Gergiev 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14b Pas de deux: Variation I (Tarantella)Valery Gergiev0:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14c Pas de deux: Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)Valery Gergiev 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 14d Pas de deux: CodaValery Gergiev 1:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op.71 - Act 2 - No. 15 Final Waltz and ApotheosisValery Gergiev 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Kirov Orchestra and Choir
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00000A1GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although Gergiev is highly experienced in the theater, and he is leading an opera-ballet orchestra, this is definitely a concert Nutcracker. Tempos are brisk, textures streamlined, and dancers might have a good deal of difficulty keeping up with the music. For us home listeners, though, this is a superb way to hear Tchaikovsky's complete score and to remind ourselves of how much good music isn't included in the familiar suite. Gergiev justifies his reputation as an interpreter and as an orchestra leader, getting amazingly precise playing from the ensemble. Best of all, Philips has somehow crammed more than 81 minutes of superb sound onto this disc, making it a remarkable bargain. Very highly recommended! --Leslie Gerber

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! December 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There are many fine complete Nutcracker recordings available, and I own a few of them. This recording by The Kirov Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev is simply the best, no contest. Why? For starters, the orchestral playing is outstanding. Every detail is heard, you hear nuances never revealed before. The woodwinds bubble,... the brass are assertive yet smooth,... the strings are lovely and lush;... in all, first-rate playing from a superb Russian orchestra that has this music in their blood and plays it with spirit and total enjoyment. Tempi are brisk, but never feel rushed. The sound is in the demonstration class. The whole ballet is contained on one CD which is quite remarkable. I judge an outstanding performance and recording by several factors, which include tears of joy welling up in my eyes along with goosebumps. This Nutcracker provided me an ample supply of both. If you must only own one Nutcracker, this is it. Superlative recommendation.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! November 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Never before has the complete Nutcracker ballet been presented on one cd. Right there, is a perfect reason to buy this right away. Beyond that, you're sure to be amazed as I was at the sound quality of this recording. I was astonished at how live the recording sounded. My mouth hung agape through most of my first listen (no kidding)! It's as if I was trasported into a great hall hearing the clarity, wieght and purity of the music in person. Astounding!
Further, the entire piece seems to have been imbued with some new life force that makes it demand your attention. It's more than the clarity of sound, it's the soul and love behind it. You can hear that, and it makes an indellible impression!
If you love the ballet, music in general or are an audiophile, you simply can't be without this astonishing recording. Pop it in the cd player and prepare to experience first hand some real life, Christmas magic!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER 5 STARS! December 19, 1999
By Gary
Format:Audio CD
Bravo! Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra have again demonstrated that they are masters of ballet music (after all, it was the Kirov/Mariinsky that gave The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and the 1895 version of Swan Lake their world premieres). Compared to other recordings of this ballet, such as Mark Ermler's (Royal Opera House Orchestra) or Richard Bonynge's (National Philharmonic Orchestra), the tempo of Gergiev's Nutcracker appears to be too fast on first hearing; but it doesn't take long to get used to it. Once you get past that initial shock, this recording is very exciting to listen to. Gergiev conducts with the usual gusto. The Kirov Orchestra's sound is actually more refined here than in many of its other recordings. This may owe to the fact that the performance was recorded in the studio, not at the Mariinsky, which doesn't seem to have good acoustics; or that maybe the Kirov musicians have better instruments now; or that the Philips engineers have finally improved their recording techniques. Though both Bonynge's and Ermler's performance have more danceable tempos, they lack the expressive power that Gergiev is able to generate. In addition, this is a 1-CD recording of the entire ballet (only the repeat in the Grandfather Dance has been left out--not a big deal in my opinion), which makes it especially attractive to get. But for whatever reason, get this recording without delay!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate in Buying This CD November 27, 2005
By LD400RN
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I have heard rival recordings (Previn, Ashkenzy, Dorati, Ormandy) and they have their good points. I have seen the ballet. I thought I knew this score backwards and forwards, then I heard Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra on this recording and realized that I had been missing a lot. This recording is almost perfect. Many other reviewers have complained about how fast the tempos seem and how they couldn't be danced to it but they are wrong about this. I bought the complete score (Dover just recently issued it) and Gergiev's tempos are pretty much on the mark and match what the score indicates they should be (for example, The score indicates that No 3 (the "Galop of the Children" - it's right after the march) should be played at 168 beats per minute. That's fast but that's the way Tchaikovsky wanted it and Gergiev follows the composer's tempo markings throughout. He is even a little slower than indicated on a couple of numbers. Tchaikovsky's orchestrations are masterful and the Philips engineers have managed to make the listener hear most every little detail in this score. For me this was most noticed in the Snowflake Waltz and Mother Ginger sections. One of the pitfalls of such a detailed recording is that it tends to blow small flaws up. The trumpets in this recording seem to be a bit harsh and, unfortunately come across as the weakest part of this fine orchestra. Fianlly, this is a recording that is meant to be listened to, not danced to. I know that sounds silly but all these people saying that it can't be danced to need to realize that this interpretation is not meant to be danced, it is meant to be heard as a continuous, symphonic piece (and the one disc helps this tremendously). Gergiev and his forces convey all the charm, subtlety, drama and playfulness of this score masterfully. If you want to hear a wonderful interpretation of "The Nutcracker" then this is the CD for you.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS NUTCRACKER IS THE BEST OF THEM ALL ! December 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The Valery Gergiev-Kirov Orchestra recording of the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker(Complete) excells in all catagories. Gergiev is one of the finest ballet conductors of our day and is the director of the world famous Kirov ballet and opera.
This performance is unique in the tempo and vividness of the orchestral sound. The technical side of the recording is outstanding and reminded me of the clean and close sound of Mercury Livng Presence during the 1960's. When I looked at the recording credits there was an interesting surprise....This recording was done on custom vacuum tube equipment! And the engineer who designed this eqiipment also was the balance engineer...A remarkable sound and an example of the best in orchestral recording. Recorded in August of 1998 at The Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden Germany..
This Nutcracker is complete on one cd and I thought it had to be a shortened version. So I checked the timing and came out with a total of 82 minutes. On checking other complete Nutcracker recordings the average was about 79 minutes...So we have a complete Nutcracker on one cd.
Packaging is interesting...This is not a jewel case cd. Instead a trifold cardboard jacket has been used with the cd in a plastic holder in the center. It's a very convient design and allows lots of room for art and print...
In conclusion....A best of all possible worlds recording that is a pleasure to listen to..Don't miss this one !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Seemed too speeded up
Published 1 month ago by topche
1.0 out of 5 stars Loud passages are very badly clipped
I don't know if I had a bad CD, but when I played it I sensed a lot of distortion on loud passages. I copied the CD both directly and through iTunes, to my MAC and then imported... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for All ages
Beautiful music, good quality. All of our grandchildren enjoy it as do we. Appreciation of good music so important to teach to the next generation.
Published 4 months ago by Betty Eason
4.0 out of 5 stars Too fast, might as well add a drum machine
The sound quality and musicianship is top notch, but I agree with the other reviewers that the tempo is really fast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BertLovesErnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
I am trying to introduce my granddaughter, age 4 to good music. We listen to this CD in the car since our visit to see the Nutcracker live in December. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andrea B. Shoener
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, complete recording.
This recording included the whole ballet--a fairly rare occurrence. Most recordings leave out various parts, including the beginning of Act II and the pas-de-deux and the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story and music
This is a nice version, however there is nothing more that I can say about the Nutcracker that has not already been written. One either loves the music and dancing or they do not. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lambie's MOM
2.0 out of 5 stars Beat up casing. Works fine.
I am giving 2 stars because I am tired of getting damaged packaging on certain things like CDs, DVDs and books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TheColorFred
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
This cd is wonderful! The price tag may be a bit off-putting, but it is worth every penny. You will not find another collection of songs from The Nutcracker like this anywhere... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky:The Nutcracker-Complete Ballet
My neice is taking ballet and in her first nutcracker. This CD is the excact music her dance company uses and I bought this for her to practice at home to her music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cinda Hinegardner
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