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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Chorus (choir, chorus); Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra; Valery Gergiev (conductor)
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  1. Nutcracker, ballet, Op. 71
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There are only so many ways you can say it, but it's worth repeating: the combination of Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra is one of the all-time best when it comes to performing Russian music for the stage. The recording of the complete Nutcracker is just one example of their particular skills. There is a clarity and precision to the orchestra's playing that gives Tchaikovsky's music sparkle, while Gergiev breathes life into the dances and few moments of drama that are in the story. Even if you are only half-paying ...

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker 1998, Philips

UPC: 028946211427