TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker (vinyl)
Valery Gergiev conductor
Double LP on red & green vinyl in gatefold sleeve
includes FLAC & MP3 downloads
Duration 84m 16s
Release date 3 November
Catalogue number MAR0593-LP
Vladimir Ryabenko producer
Recorded 16 June & 30 December 2015 at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg
Notes in English
Valery Gergiev's acclaimed recording of The Nutcracker comes to vinyl for the first time. This Christmas classic comes as limited edition double LP set on festive red & green vinyl, housed in a gatefold sleeve and with a voucher code for free MP3 and HD FLAC downloads of the album.
On the 18th December, 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, The Nutcracker was first introduced to the world. Now, almost 125 years since that opening night and from the very same hall, the Mariinsky’s current Artistic Director, Valery Gergiev, reveals a perfectly judged interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s ballet masterpiece.
Based upon E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve, as a whole The Nutcracker was poorly received at first. But Tchaikovsky’s spellbinding score proved simply too good to lose and The Nutcracker has become an essential part of festive celebrations the world over. Adored for pieces like The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Flowers, it contains some of Tchaikovsky’s most popular work and is perhaps the most famous ballet music ever written.