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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, complete / Bergen PO, Neeme Jarvi

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 13th November 2014
While JSrvi admirably manages to avoid the sense of scramble that has previously characterised similar efforts, this is still way too fast for comfort. His conducting is characterful throughout, and particularly effective in the second half of act one, when the fairytale atmosphere turns scary. The Bergen Philharmonic's playing, meanwhile, is both virtuosic and impeccably detailed.

MusicWeb International, January 2015
A magnificently realistic recorded performance which features an orchestra whose playing seems to go from strength to strength...this is a thoroughly engaging performance which will delight those who have collected the earlier releases in this Bergen/Tchaikovsky ballet series.

Classical Music
A zestful Nutcracker...While posing few problems for his virtuoso players, the listener is left with head spinning.

Sunday Times, 4th January 2015
His tempi are nifty, not-for-dancing leg-breakers, but he captures the delicacy, transparency and sheer magic of this miraculous score...wonderfully woozy string glissandi are sprinkled with celesta stardust as the Nutcracker Prince and Clara wend their way to Confiturembourg.

This is the concluding recording in Neeme Järvi’s series with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra devoted to Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets. This complete, uncut version of The Nutcracker follows The Sleeping Beauty (CHSA 5113(2)) and Swan Lake (CHSA 5124 (2)), both of which have been much awarded.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Michael Tilson Thomas is another great Tchaikovsky conductor, and Newton has recently reissued his complete Nutcracker on two discs but at a reasonable price. Thomas takes about two minutes longer than Jarvi. MTT is also an extremely graceful conductor - he should probably conduct more ballet.


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