Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker, Symphony no.4
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Cat No: MAR0593
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 14th October 2016
Gergiev is an expert in Tchaikovsky’s music and his interpretations of The Nutcracker are among the most celebrated:
‘Gergiev takes us back to that first light of inspiration, and his orchestra plays as if guided by the composer’s own hand.’ - The New York Times
Based upon E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale of a young girl’s magical Christmas Eve, 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.
Closing the album is Tchaikovsky’s powerfully emotional Fourth Symphony. As the composer wrote, it is ‘patterned after Beethoven’s Fifth’ and is well known for its theme of ‘fate’, announced by the ominous recurring fanfare that holds the unique symphonic form together.
This coupling displays two very different sides of Tchaikovsky’s music, illustrating him as a complex man who battled to balance inner turmoils as well as utmost joy. Perhaps summed up by the final line of Tchaikovsky’s famous programme note: ‘Reproach yourself and do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other’s rejoicing. To live is still bearable.’
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