180 Gram Vinyl! Sheer Magic!
When the evenings grow longer, the autumn leaves begin to fall and Jack Frost
calls during the night, then it is time to conjure up the magic world of
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker while relaxing in front of a crackling fire.
In this double album you will hear the delightfully varied ballet music in its
entirety and not just the usual highlights. Each and every one of the highly
individual numbers, be it a dance, a march or a waltz, is enchanting with its
ever varying orchestral colouring, here merry and impudent and tripping along
lightly without a care in the world, there sturdy and vigourous, even coarse.
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, led by its conductor of many years standing,
Ernest Ansermet, is very much at home in Russian repertoire and masters the
occasional immense difficulties of the score with bravado. The DECCA team has
once again proved its worth and leaves any nuts which still need to be cracked
to the hi-fi equipment – the airy strings, the delicate triangles, the thrill of
cymbals clashing, and the wooden clack of the castanets. And if, by an amazing
coincidence, the heating should fail when you are listening to this record,
there is no reason to worry – this music is guaranteed to warm the cockels of
your heart and keep Jack Frost from the door.
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 is sheer
• 180 Gram Vinyl
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
1. Nutcracker Ballet Complete