Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – The Nutcracker (Dorati)

Many thanks for this beauty to our friend Jean-Luc
Antal Dorati was probably the great dance conductor of our age, and he pioneered recording the complete Tchaikovsky ballets. He made an outstanding stereo Nutcracker for Mercury Living Presence. Fine as that version is, this one is even better because the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra simply plays the music more elegantly than the London Symphony Orchestra on the earlier recording. In fact, this has been the version of choice for a couple of decades now. –David Hurwitz

# Composer: Pjotr Tchaikowsky
# Orchestra: Concertogebouw-Orchestra Amsterdam
# Conductor: Antal Dorati
# Vinyl (1976)

# Number of Discs: 2
# Format: Flac
# Label: Philips
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 3.2 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

Knowing the Mercury recording of Dorati with the London Symphony Orchestra but having never heard of this, I was reluctant and unsure of what to expect. Little did I know what legends were performing here! That said…

WHAT A SHOCK!!! I have NEVER heard an orchestra play with such gusto, spark, and verve… I own dozens of classical recordings, but this one is, by far, the most dynamic and passionate. The Nutcracker’s overplayed music is freshened by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with youthful, razor-sharp accuracy, bringing out undercurrents in the score that I never noticed before, even in a live performances. It is wonderfully overwhelming to hear a live orchestra play with mechanized MIDI precision and still find room for an enormous amount of expression.

Antal Dorati’s conducting is legendary, to say the least. The orchestra seems to have a spinning sound, with different instruments flying wildly out from a very tight epicenter. The orchestra gets so carried away that at times I worried there would be a musical train wreck, but Dorati holds the reins tightly and the frighteningly fast tempos work, providing a white-knuckle ride. His conducting is reminiscent of Herbert Von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, though without the erratic speed changes and unnecessary theatrics. He brings out the best in the orchestra time and again, especially in the battle with the Mouse King, the Trepak, and the Pas de Deux.

The result is one of the most exquisitely tight, compact, and lustrous sounds I’ve ever heard. The recording quality is first rate (I suspect, this is also a Mercury recording).


  Act 1
A1 Overture  
  Tableau 1
A2 The Christmas Tree  
A3 March  
A4 Galop And Dance Of The Parents  
A5 Dance Scene  
A6 Scene And The Grandfather Dance  
B1 Clara And The Nutcracker  
B2 The Nutcracker Battles Against The Army Of The Mouse King – He Wins Ans Is Transformed Into Prince Charming  
  Tableau 2
B3 In The Pine Tree  
B4 Scene And Waltz Of The Snowflakes  
  Act II/Tableau 3
C1 The Magic Castle On The Mountain Of Sweets  
C2 Clara And Prince Charming  
Character Dances:  
C3a Chocolate (Spanish Dance)  
C3b Coffee (Arabian Dance)  
C3c Tea (Chinese Dance)  
C3d Russian Dance  
C3e Dance Of The Troy Flutes  
C3f The Clown  
D1 Waltz Of The Flowers  
Pas De Deux  
D2a Intrada  
D2b Variation (Tarantelle)  
D2c Variation (Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy)  
D2d Coda  
D3 Closing Waltz And Grand Finale  

Analyzed folder: /192K Tchaikowsky – The Nutcracker_Dorati
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR13        -6.59 dB     -25.56 dB     A1 Overture.wav
DR15        -0.64 dB     -22.40 dB     A2 The Christmas Tree.wav
DR14        -3.17 dB     -22.13 dB     A3 March.wav
DR12        -1.58 dB     -18.11 dB     A4 Galop And Dance Of The Parents.wav
DR15        -1.12 dB     -22.62 dB     A5 Dance Scene.wav
DR12        -2.77 dB     -21.48 dB     A6 Scene And The Grandfather Dance.wav
DR12        -0.35 dB     -18.66 dB     B1 Clara And The Nutcracker.wav
DR14        -1.23 dB     -19.48 dB     B2 The Nutcracker Battles Against The Army Of The Mouse King – He Wins Ans Is Transformed Into Prince Charming.wav
DR11        -0.78 dB     -16.66 dB     B3 In The Pine Tree.wav
DR13        -1.33 dB     -20.61 dB     B4 Scene And Waltz Of The Snowflakes.wav
DR13        -4.17 dB     -21.61 dB     C1 The Magic Castle On The Mountain Of Sweets.wav
DR12        -1.78 dB     -19.15 dB     C2 Clara And Prince Charming.wav
DR10        -2.44 dB     -21.46 dB     C3a Chocolate (Spanish Dance).wav
DR12        -16.85 dB     -35.23 dB     C3b Coffee (Arabian Dance).wav
DR14        -9.54 dB     -27.14 dB     C3c Tea (Chinese Dance).wav
DR11        -1.20 dB     -17.00 dB     C3d Russian Dance.wav
DR14        -7.77 dB     -28.59 dB     C3e Dance Of The Troy Flutes.wav
DR11        -1.64 dB     -17.48 dB     C3f The Clown.wav
DR14        -1.30 dB     -20.99 dB     D1 Waltz Of The Flowers.wav
DR11        -1.03 dB     -17.48 dB     D2a Pas De Deux – Intrada.wav
DR16        -7.35 dB     -27.03 dB     D2b Pas De Deux – Variation (Tarantelle).wav
DR13        -10.58 dB     -33.93 dB     D2c Pas De Deux – Variation (Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy).wav
DR13        -2.62 dB     -19.98 dB     D2d Pas De Deux – Coda.wav
DR13        -0.55 dB     -18.25 dB     D3 Closing Waltz And Grand Finale.wav
Number of files:    24
Official DR value:    DR13


  • Choir – Boys’ Choir Of The St. Bavo Cathedral, Haarlem
  • Chorus Master – Jan Valkestijn
  • Composed By – Tchaikovsky
  • Conductor – Antal Dorati
  • Orchestra – Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam

Gatefold cover. Cover written in German, English and French


Ripping Infos


If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.

  • Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
  • DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
  • Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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21 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/192 (Philips) Pjotr Tchaikowsky – The Nutcracker (Dorati)”

  1. Although I own both Dorati’s CD incarnations on remastered cd’s I have always wondered how would sound compare with that of the original vinyl pressing, so thanks a lot for giving us the opportunity dear Rach!
    P.D.: I LOVE “The Nutcracker”, I must own a dozen of versions: both Dorati’s, Ansermet, Bonynge, Dutoit, Ozawa, Previn,, Tilson Thomas, etc., and also think Dorati’s rendition with Philips to be simply sublime :)!

    1. shit FileFactory…as far as the parts were uploaded in a row and 7+8 are there…this means FF has “eaten” part 6. I have now other uploads running, so please, look late in the night for the missing part.

  2. This comment is for WHATEVER : I cannot send PM anymore as I get then the error message “You have exceeded the limit of your mailbox, delete some messages”. My mailbox is now empty and still doesn’t work !! HELP !!!

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