Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker


ReferênciaDecca SXL 2092/93
EtiquetaSpeakers Corner – Decca
Embalagem2 LP
GramagemVinil 180g


With Ansermet and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. A classic interpretation, recorded in the best of London manner. Certainly Ansermet shows he has a very deep affection for this score and he excels not only in the delicately scored music, but in bringing a lyrical warmth to the big tunes which is often heart-stirring (the transformation scene, for instance, or the big pas de deux in the last act).

The Waltz of the Snowflakes (with choir) is sheer magic. Naturally he does the evocative music well, as at the beginning of side two when the clock strikes twelve and the Christmas tree dolls come to life, or the battle between the mice and the gingerbread soldiers. Every detail of the orchestration is made to sparkle and the dull patches which I am sure I noticed the last time I saw the ballet, seem to have disappeared altogether.

1The Christmas Tree
3Little Galop And Entrance Of The Giants
4Dance Scene – Distribution Of Presents
5Scene And Granfather’s Dance
6Guests Depart – Children Retire To Bed – Magic Spell Begins
7Battle Between Nutcrakcer And Mouse King – Nutcracker Wins Battle And Is Transformed Into Handsome Prince
8Pine Forest In Winter
9Waltz Of The Snowflakes
10The Magic Castle
11Clara And The Nutcracker Appear
13Waltz Of The Flowers
14Pas De Deux
15Final Waltz And Apotheosis