Notes & Reviews:
The Childrens' Classics series on Naxos continues with a new narrated recording of Tchaikovsky's timeless classic, The Nutcraker. Magically brought to life by the voice of Prunella Scales and performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Halasz, it is a perfect gift for children of all ages. Another holiday delight included on this disc is Rimsky-Korsakov's "Christmas Eve Sutie".Notes & Reviews:
Nutcracker is divided into two sections, a 30-minute suite from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and a 30-minute suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve. Michael Halasz and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra perform the former, while Igor Golovschin and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra perform the latter. In addition, Prunella Scales narrates the pieces. Overall, a nice two-fer highlighted by the Nutcracker suite. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
- Performer: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
- Conductor: Michael Halász
- Running Time: 27 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1892
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Christmas Eve Suite (Noch' pered rozhdestvom), for orchestra (with optional chorus ad lib)
- Performer: Igor Golovschin
- Conductor: Igor Golovschin
- Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Christmas
- Written: 1903