# Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1959 / 1995)
# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 12
# Label: Speakers Corner / Decca | SXL 2092/93
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (3.41GB), 24-bit/96kHz (1.73GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (475MB)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Servers: File Factory / File Post
There are countless performances of The Nutcracker out there. This one has always been my favorite. Excellent performance, superb sound quality. What more can you ask for? If you’ve been looking for a copy of The Nutcracker, this is the one you want.
Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous popularity since the late 1960s and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season, especially in the US.
From the Speakers Corner website:
When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire. In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral coloring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigorous, even coarse.
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing, Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked to the hi-fi equipment – the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record, there is no reason to worry – this music is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door.
In this double album, you will here the delightfully varied ballet music in its entirety, not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly individual numbers, be it a dance, a march, or a waltz, is enchanting with its ever varying orchestral coloring, here merry and impudent and tripping along lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigorous, even coarse. The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. – Business Guide
..perhaps the finest “Nutcracker” on record. – audiophileusa.com
01 – Overture
Act I, Tableau I
02 – No. 1 The Christmas Tree
03 – No. 2 March
04 – No. 3 Little Galop And Entrance Of The Guests
05 – No. 4 Dance Scene – Distribution Of Presents
06 – No. 5 Scene and Grandfather’s Dance
07 – No. 6 Scene – Guests Depart – Children Retire To Bed – Magic Spell Begins
08 – No. 7 Scene – Battle Between Nutcracker And Mouse King – Nutcracker Wins Battle And Is Transformed Into Handsome Prince
Act I, Tableau 2
09 – No. 8 Scene – Pine Forest In Winter
10 – No. 9 Waltz Of The Snowflakes
11 – No. 10 Scene – The Magic Castle
12 – No. 11 Clara And The Nutcracker Appear
No. 12 Divertissement:
13 – (a) Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
14 – (b) Coffee (Arabian Dance)
15 – (c) Tea (Chinese Dance)
16 – (d) Trepak (Russian Dance)
17 – (e) Dance Of The Mirlitons (Reed Pipes)
18 – (f) Clowns Dance
19 – No. 13 Waltz Of The Flowers
20 – No. 14 Pas De Deux
21 – Variation 1 (Tarantelle)
22 – Variation 2 (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy)
23 – Coda
24 – No. 15 Final Waltz And Apotheosis
Recorded in October/November 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
Produced by James Walker
Additional info can be found here.
All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5
Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio ResoMat
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II
AVID Pellar preamp
RME Hammerfall 9632 ADC
Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only), iZotope RX3
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