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Valery Gergiev|Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Symphony No. 4

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Symphony No. 4

Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra

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Valery Gergiev last recorded The Nutcracker ballet in 1998, and for those who bought his approach to the music, that version has remained a favorite. This new release, well recorded in SACD sound at the Mariinsky Theatre concert hall, offers the right blend of something new and something continued. The complete Nutcracker is a weightier, more symphony-like work than the familiar Suite, which extracts the tunes from a substantially larger structure. Gergiev in 1998 emphasized the weight of the complete ballet, taking urgently fast tempos (the entire Nutcracker barely fit on a single CD) and letting the famous melodies appear as moments of repose. Here, with his hand-shaped Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev eases up by a few minutes on the speed and lets the strings luxuriate in the silky textures of which they are capable. This version will appeal more to casual Nutcracker fans. Yet in other ways this is pure Gergiev. To fill out the second CD you get a quite grand reading of the Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, not the darkest, but the most epically Beethovenian of Tchaikovsky's six, and the fundamental emphases of the work remain in place. You get the feeling that Gergiev still wanted to assert the Russianness of the work, despite all its international flavors. Sample the Arabian dance "Coffee" to hear a representative slice of Gergiev's style and also to admire the Mariinsky engineering, which lets small shades of texture through to the listener. Heartily recommended.
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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Symphony No. 4

Valery Gergiev

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1
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Overture
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:27

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

2
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 1: The Christmas Tree
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:43

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

3
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 2: March
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:02:26

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

4
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 3: Children's Galop and Dance of the Parents
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:02:18

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

5
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 4: Arrival of Drosselmeyer
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:05:05

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

6
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 5: Grandfather Dance
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:06:16

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

7
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 6: Clara and the Nutcracker
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:06:59

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

8
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau I Scene 7: The Battle
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:11

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

9
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau II Scene 8: A Pine Forest in Winter
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:25

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

10
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act I Tableau II Scene 9: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:06:07

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

11
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 10: The Magic Castle in the Land of Sweets
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:48

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

12
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 11: Clara and Nutcracker Prince
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:04:18

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

13
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12a: Divertissement - Chocolate "Spanish Dance"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:01:05

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

14
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12b: Coffee "Arabian Dance"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:02:37

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

15
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12c: Tea "Chinese Dance"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:01:19

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

16
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12d: Trepak "Russian Dance"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:01:06

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

17
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12e: Dance of the Reed Pipes
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:02:20

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

18
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 12f: Mother Ginger and the Polichinelles "Clowns"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:02:28

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

19
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:07:36

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

20
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 14a: Pas de deux. Intrada
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:05:39

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

21
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 14b: Pas de deux. Variation I "Tarantella"
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:00:35

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

22
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 14c: Pas de deux. Variation II "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy"
Valery Gergiev
00:02:03

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

23
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 14d: Pas de deux. Coda
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:01:24

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

24
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 15a: Final Waltz
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:03:21

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

25
The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Act II Tableau III Scene 15b: Apotheosis
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:01:28

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

26
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:19:16

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

27
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di canzona
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:11:27

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

28
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:05:31

PUBLIC DOMAIN, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

29
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Mariinsky Orchestra
00:08:31

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Valery Gergiev, Conductor, MainArtist - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer

State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Album Description

Valery Gergiev last recorded The Nutcracker ballet in 1998, and for those who bought his approach to the music, that version has remained a favorite. This new release, well recorded in SACD sound at the Mariinsky Theatre concert hall, offers the right blend of something new and something continued. The complete Nutcracker is a weightier, more symphony-like work than the familiar Suite, which extracts the tunes from a substantially larger structure. Gergiev in 1998 emphasized the weight of the complete ballet, taking urgently fast tempos (the entire Nutcracker barely fit on a single CD) and letting the famous melodies appear as moments of repose. Here, with his hand-shaped Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev eases up by a few minutes on the speed and lets the strings luxuriate in the silky textures of which they are capable. This version will appeal more to casual Nutcracker fans. Yet in other ways this is pure Gergiev. To fill out the second CD you get a quite grand reading of the Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, not the darkest, but the most epically Beethovenian of Tchaikovsky's six, and the fundamental emphases of the work remain in place. You get the feeling that Gergiev still wanted to assert the Russianness of the work, despite all its international flavors. Sample the Arabian dance "Coffee" to hear a representative slice of Gergiev's style and also to admire the Mariinsky engineering, which lets small shades of texture through to the listener. Heartily recommended.
© TiVo

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