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