Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Jurowski

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Jurowski

PentaTone Classics  PTC 5186761

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ''Evgeny Svetlanov”
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

After the tremendous success of Swan Lake, Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” continue their Tchaikovsky ballet series on PENTATONE with this recording of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s enchanting masterpiece is an absolute audience favourite, thanks to hits such as the Waltz of the Flowers, Trepak and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, but also due to the composer’s ability to evoke a sense of wonder in listeners both young and old. Vladimir Jurowski and his players tell this story about the power of fantasy with unprecedented zeal, demonstrating the symphonic refinement and orchestral brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score.

The Nutcracker offers the third PENTATONE release of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” together with its Artistic Director Vladimir Jurowski, after Prokofiev Symphonies 2 & 3 (2017) and Swan Lake (2018). Jurowski has recorded extensively for PENTATONE and is generally seen as one of the most prominent conductors of his generation.

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Comments (3)

Comment by hiredfox - November 1, 2019 (1 of 3)

Absolutely delighted that Jurowski's survey of Tchaikovsky's three great classical ballets looks like being completed. Well done to all at Pentatone and Polyhymnia. In previous discussions on the Swan Lake thread some doubt was cast on the likelihood of this happening as earlier CD's by these forces may have implied that they would not re-record the same repertoire.

Comment by hiredfox - November 3, 2019 (2 of 3)

I am reminded to advise readers not to discount the superb Bolshoi disc of The Nutcracker that appeared on Pentatone a decade or so ago, a truly spell binding and magical performance. Petrenko will have to pull a few rabbits from his hat to outperform that nugget.

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Vedernikov

Comment by breydon_music - November 8, 2019 (3 of 3)

Yes, I recall this with pleasure also. In fact, I regret that Pentatone's fruitful association with Vedernikov did not continue longer. My own special pleasure from this series of recordings was his Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet suites - for me, as fine a performance and recording of this music as we have had in hi-res. Shame on Pentatone, then, for using each suite as filler on 2 seperate discs, even more so as one of them is paired with something by the awful (for me!) Gordon Getty!