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Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Berliner Philharmoniker, Mstislav Rostropovich – Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:23:03 minutes | 431 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

“At the time of the recording, Mstislav Rostropovich likened conducting the Berlin Philharmonic to driving a locomotive. You get on, and you go where it takes you, he said–but in this case, the orchestra went where he wanted it to go. The playing is magnificent, but it is the characterization, the things Rostropovich gets the players to do that they wouldn’t otherwise have done, that makes these accounts so memorable. As you listen, you are transported to a different world, for no conductor understands Tchaikovsky’s soul better than Rostropovich. The delicacy is amazing, the power overwhelming; the analog recording captures it all in outstanding fashion.”
– Ted Libbey (Critic)

Soviet and Russian conductor Mstislav Rostropovich leads the Berliner Philharmoniker in this high-fidelity reissue of their 1979 Deutsche Grammophon recording of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker!

Though it charted in late 2009 and again in early 2019, this version of the Nutcracker Suite was recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1978, in sessions that also included the Tchaikovsky ballet suites Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Effervescent, high-contrast performances by the orchestra make for a definite version that found a digital audience three decades later when Deutsche Grammophon issued the 23-minute Nutcracker portion by itself in 2009. The release made an appearance at number 12 on the U.S. classical albums chart that year. Nearly a decade later, it landed on the Billboard 200 (number 179) as well as reaching the Top 50 of the Holiday Albums chart after Billboard tweaked its formula for weighing different types of streams. – Marcy Donelson

1. Berliner Philharmoniker – I. Miniature Overture
2. Berliner Philharmoniker – IIa. March
3. Berliner Philharmoniker – IIb. Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
4. Berliner Philharmoniker – IIc. Russian Dance (Trepak)
5. Berliner Philharmoniker – IId. Arabian Dance (Coffee)
6. Berliner Philharmoniker – IIe. Chinese Dance (Tea)
7. Berliner Philharmoniker – IIf. Dance Of The Reed-Pipes (Mirlitons)
8. Berliner Philharmoniker – III. Waltz Of The Flowers


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