Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker XRCD24
Audiophile XRCD24 Mastered from the Original
Analogue EMI Master Tapes!
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A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium,
Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov
and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic
and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber,
Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But he was most
highly regarded for his interpretations of Russian music.
Kurtz was a familiar name to the record collector of the 1950s and embarked upon
a series of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra for
EMI in 1958. HIQ has already released Swan Lake and the release The Sleeping
Beauty is in preparation. Of this Nutcracker highlights Gramaphone wrote: "This
is probably as good a selection as could reasonably be expected."
In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1958, R.F. remarked: "The
orchestral quality is superb, and the dynamic contrasts tremendous. If you can
hear the opening pizzicato notes of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, the end of the Valse
des Fleurs will have your neighbours banging on the wall in desperation."
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Efrem Kurtz, conductor
The Nutcracker Op. 71
2. No. 2 - Marche • No. 3 - Petit Galop Des Enfants Et Entrée De Parents • No. 8
- Scène • No. 9 - Valse Des Flocons De Neige
3. No. 12 - Divertissement
a. Le Chocolat
b. Le Café
4. No. 12 - Divertissement
c. Le Thé
e. Danse Des Mirlitons
5. No. 13 - Valse Des Fleurs
6. No. 14a - Pas De Deux
7. No. 14b - Pour Le Danseur
c. No. 14 Pour La Danseuse
d. No. 14 - Coda - Valse Finale
Recorded March 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producer: Peter Andry.
Balance Engineer: Neville Boyling