Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 - Live (2019)

Tchaikovsky

State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

Vladimir Jurowski

AN ENCHANTING MASTERPIECE  After the tremendous success of Swan Lake, Vladimir Jurowski and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” continue their Tchaikovksy 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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Vladimir Jurowski

Born in Moscow as a son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at High Schools of Music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The same year saw his brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Nabucco.

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Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 - Live (2019)

Tchaikovsky

State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

Mastering Engineer: Erdo Groot
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Producer: Renaud Loranger
Recording Engineer: Lauran Jurrius
Recording location: Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory main hall, Russia
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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PTC5186761: Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14 - Overture - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 1, The Christmas Tree - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 2, March of the Toy Soldiers - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 3, Children?s Gallop and Dance of the Parents - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 4, Arrival of Drosselmeyer - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 5, Scene and Grandfather Waltz - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 6, Clara and the Nutcracker - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 7, The Battle - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 8, A Pine Forest in Winter - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act I - No. 9, Waltz of the Snowflakes - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 10, The Magic Castle in the Land of Sweets - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 11, Clara and Nutcracker Prince - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12a, Divertissement. Chocolate - Spanish Dance Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12b, Divertissement. Coffee - Arabian Dance Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12c, Divertissement. Tea - Chinese Dance Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12d, Divertissement. Trepak - Russian Dance Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12e, Divertissement. Dance of the Reed Flutes - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 12f, Divertissement. Mother Ginger and the Polichinelles
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 13, Waltz of the Flowers - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 14a, Pas de deux. Sugar Plum Fairy and Her Cavalier - Li
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 14b, Pas de deux. Tarantella - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 14c, Pas de deux. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy - Live
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The Nutcracker, Op. 71, TH 14, Act II - No. 14d, Pas de deux. Coda - No. 15, Final Waltz - Live
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