Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy [DSD Single]

Celia García-García

Original Recording Format: DXD
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While Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is one of his most famous works, you know it as an orchestral version. In the Sugar Plum Fairy part, the celesta has a prominent role as part of the orchestra. This is one of the first orchestral pieces in which this instrument was given such a role at all!

In this recording, the role is entirely for the celesta, without the orchestra. In this way you hear the celesta for the first time in its pure form. There is no better piece for this than the one that has put the celesta in the spotlight since it was first performed.

Celia García-García plays a Schiedmayer 5 ½ Octave Model celesta kindly provided by Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH.

There is no booklet available for this DSD Single. The album credits are shown below in the Additional Information tab.

Merry Christmas from Celia García-García, the TRPTK team and NativeDSD Music!

Celia García-García, Celesta


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Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Total time: 00:01:56

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Assistant Engineer

Bart Koop


Celia García-García plays a Schiedmayer 5 ½ Octave Model celesta kindly provided by Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH.

Mastering Engineer

Brendon Heinst


Original Recording Format

Recording Engineer

Brendon Heinst

Recording Location

Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium

Release DateDecember 20, 2021

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A fun seasonal confection—Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is played solo on a 5 1/2 octave celesta. This little gem will stress test your audio system’s capabilities and put a smile on your face if your system is up to playing it.

This under two minutes EP is a delicate little treat showing up for the holiday season. But appearances are deceiving! This short piece will work the dickens out of your audio system with its huge dynamic range, extended airy high frequencies, and complex overtone structures. A fun piece, but also an audio system demonstration recording par excellence.

Everyone certainly knows this music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, and I’m sure we all know the prominent role the celesta plays in this piece as part of the orchestra. In this recording, the celesta plays solo without orchestra and holds the full spotlight of our attention.

Celia García-García plays a Schiedmayer 5 ½ Octave Model celesta (66 keys) provided by Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH for the recording. The manufacturer says, “This exceptional celesta instrument was developed by Schiedmayer especially for the large concert halls and opera houses of the world. Due to its large-scale resonators, wide and heavy sound plates arranged uniquely side by side (juxtaposed), this model is unparalleled in volume and carries even the most delicate and quiet sounds to the very back corners of any concert hall.”

Celia García-García regularly performs piano and celesta in orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Nederlands Kamerorkest, Dutch Ballet Orchestra and others.

And Brendon Heinst, founder and chief recording engineer for TRPTK, captures the full dynamic range, frequency extension, and delicate tonal shadings of this instrument in another superbly engineered recording. Recorded at Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, the natural acoustic of the large recording studio space is readily apparent in the open reverberant sound of the recording. As I said at the outset, this recording will stress test your system. Enjoy!


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