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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Simon Rattle) - 2011 [SACD]

2-07-2014, 13:04
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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Simon Rattle) - 2011 [SACD]

Artist: Simon Rattle
Title Of Album: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: ЕMI
Genre : Classical
Quality: Conversion of SACD (multi-channel music) , Audio Codec: DST64 2.0
Bitrate: 2,8224 MHz
Total Time: 43:47 + 42:37
Total Size: 3.47 GB
WebSite: Amazon

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Simon Rattle) - 2011 [SACD]

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker (Simon Rattle) - 2011 [SACD]

Some reviewers think this performance lacking in real warmth, feeling and even danceability. Climaxes are underplayed, sound is congested and the musicians seem to be playing just for themselves (whatever that means). Professional reviewers are cited to prove the point. Well, with the same amount of effort one can find quite a few positive reviews on the Internet (NPR Music's Brian Newhouse, the Independent's Andy Gill, John J. Puccio on Classical Candor etc.). I have listened to the discs several times over the past few days, with and without earphones, and I can find very little fault with the recording. The playing is of an extraordinary high quality, the instrumental solos are spectacularly well done and with great beauty of tone. The strings sing as strings should, the horns are magnificent, the important harp is faultless. Rattle lets the music flow organically and there's never the idea of deliberateness or irksome mannerisms. Not danceable? My daughter, who is training to be a ballet dancer, immediately swayed across the room when I first put the disc on. No problem there I should say. Yes, perhaps orchestra and conductor do revel in the beauty of the music and their own musicianship. But what's wrong with beauty for beauty's sake I wonder?
Recorded sound is very lively and sparkling, bass well rounded, all instruments are clearly audible, without excessive reverb. I will play this very often, it is a perfect medicine against an upcoming winter depression. Well done Sir Simon!

Miniature Overture
No. 1 The Decoration of the Christnmas Tree
No. 2 March
No. 3 Children's Galop and Entry of the Parents
No. 4 Arrival of Drosselmeyer
No. 5 Grandfather's Dance
No. 6 Scene : Clara and the Nutcracker
No. 7 Scene : The Battle
No. 8 Scene : In the Pine Forest
No. 9 Waltz of the Snowflakes
No. 10 Scene : The Kingdom of Sweets
No. 11 Scene : Clara and the Prince
No. 12 Divertissement : Chocolate : Spanish Dance
No. 12 Divertissement : Coffee : Arabian Dance
No. 12 Divertissement : Tea : Chinese Dance
No. 12 Divertissement : Trepak : Russian Dance
No. 12 Divertissement : Dance of the Reed Pipes
No. 12 Divertissement : Mother Gigogne
No.13 Waltz of the Flowers
No. 14 Pas de deux
Variation I : Tarantella
Variation II : Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
No. 15 Final Waltz and Apotheosis

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