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The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position ... Read more in Amazon's London Symphony Orchestra Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pamplin
  • ASIN: B00005NF1C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Act One: Ov
2. Act One: The Christmas Tree
3. Act One: Marche
4. Act One: Journey Through The Snow
5. Act One: Waltz Of The Snowflakes
6. Act Two: Chocolate
7. Act Two: Coffee
8. Act Two: Tea
9. Act Two: Trepak
10. Act Two: Dance Of The Mirlitons
11. Act Two: Mother Bigogne And The Clowns
12. Act Two: Waltz Of The Flowers
13. Act Two: Pas De Deux
14. Act Two: Tarentella
15. Act Two: Dance Of Sugar Plan Fairy
16. Act Two: Coda
17. Act Two: Final Waltz And Apotheosis

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Phillips on 30 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD can be picked up for a barging price and it is well worth it for the performance of the Sleeping Beauty. The Nutcracker is not too bad either. In fact it is such a fantastic piece of music that most versions have something to offer. There does seem to be a tendency to rush some of the pieces though in this recording. But if you are looking for a good version of Swan Lake you would be better looking elsewhere. The Dance Of The Swans: V. Andante Non Troppo - Allegro is ruined by loud breathing noises at each pause that make it painful to listen to.
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This CD is very difficult to get hold of due to it's popularity but it is well worth looking for if you can get hold of it. The sound is stunning in DTS Surround Sound. There are 2 discs of which one is the stereo CD version so if your system does not play Surround DVD discs in the DTS sound format you can still purchase this set and play the stereo CD in the normal way.
This is the complete ballet version of the lovely Christmas Eve tale of The Nutcracker. The London Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestra in the UK and Don Jackson gives an excellent reading of this enchanting music for Christmas.The clarity and crispness of the sound is truly amazing in DTS Surround and it's almost as if you are sat in the middle of the orchestra.

Of all the surround sound formats there are the DTS(Digital Theatre Sound) is my preferred choice every time.

A truly standout recording ..........happy listening folks.
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By Tangomog on 29 Jan. 2013
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I bought this to replace a cassette tape of the same recording that I have had for years. I have listened to that tape a lot and always enjoyed it so this has become, for me, almost a definitive recording. That being said, I think most people would enjoy this recording.

The violin in The Dance Of The Swans: V. Andante Non Troppo - Allegro in particular is how I think it should be - very sharp and clean. Unlike another reviewer, I did not find it ruined by loud breathing noises at each pause. Perhaps my sound system is not as high fidelity as his but I am still happy with it.
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The sound is so clear, with so much presence and detail. The surround mix is really tastefully done and absorbing to listen to. Instruments do play in the rear speakers (rather than just being hall ambience) but - at least to me - it doesn't sound jarring at all. Great fun. Breathtaking.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful performance, excellent DTS mastering! 19 Nov. 2007
By Dr. Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Classical music has been the most frequently applied genre of music for surround sound recording. This is all good and dandy, but in my experience, I've been disappointed at how many recordings use the rear channels for little more than mimicking large hall reverb.

... Not here! This gem of a Stereo-CD / DTS combo is proof of what surround mixing can do for classical masterpieces. From the Waltz of the Flowers to the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, you can really hear and feel the difference of being truly immersed in the middle of the orchestra as it plays.

Fortunately, not only is the surround sound great, but the performance is wonderful as well. You will not be disappointed by this disc, and I highly recommend it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Extremely high quality recording that is true to the composer's intent 16 Nov. 2005
By C. T. Kalm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been searching for this recording for many years (since LP's went out of production and my turntable died). It is very difficult to find a complete Nutcracker that is true to Tchiakovsky's score--many other recordings add codas or other pieces from other ballets that simply do not belong. This is the "right stuff."

Concerning the SACD--my equipment is not up to the highest standards, but I know this recording inside and out and it was a real pleasure to hear the string and woodwind solos that pepper this ballet. And yes, I even was able to hear orchestral details I hadn't noticed before. This is one instance where digitizing the recording did make a notable improvement.

If you have a daughter who is interested in ballet or you are looking for a gift for someone who loves ballet, I urge you to get this disc. Many small ballet companies throughout the country put on a production of the Nutcracker in December with an edited score. Introduce your child to the beauty and drama of Tchaikovsky with this complete score--which is much more interesting and complex than people generally believe.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Tchaikovsky's greatest music. 8 Sept. 2002
By D. R. Schryer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tchaikovsky was one of the most beloved classical music composers. Many of his compositions -- including his piano and violin concertos -- are among the most popular of all classical compositions. But Tchaikovsky's finest compositions were his three ballets, excerpts of which are presented on this CD. And one of the most outstanding conductors of Tchaikovsky's ballets is Andre Previn. My first recommendation would be to get complete performances of all three of Tchaikovsky's ballets. However, those who wish to sample the highlights of these masterpieces can do no better than this outstanding -- and bargain priced -- CD. This is some of the greatest music ever written by anyone, beautifully performed by a master of the genre.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Delightful Performance and Recording 16 Dec. 2007
By ClassicalMusicLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is s delightfully delicious performance and recording of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Dorati's conducting reveals subtle nuances in the score. He is delicate when needed like in the Overture, Dance of the Toy Flutes and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and bold and vivacious when needed like during the Battle scene. The recording is extremely detailed and sounds incredibly natural in SACD multi-channel sound (3 channels [Front Left-Center-Front Right] in this case). It's as if I was seated at the conductor's podium. If I had to say something negative about it, I would have to say there could be just a little more hall ambiance (reverberation). The serenade is a perfect companion piece as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I Must Agree With Others: Too. Darn. FAST!!! 12 Mar. 2009
By Erik Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm no classical scholar or Tchaikovsky nut, but I have grown up seeing "The Nutcracker" every Christmas (give or take a year or two), so I know how the music sounds and I know what I like. I don't go so far as to say, "This is not how The Nutcracker is intended to be heard!" because, again, I'm in on position to make such a claim.

But for my money, this particular recording (despite its historical value) is too darn fast. I have nothing to say against the strength of the orchestra or anything like that, and I understand why they play it like they do: in order to get the entire ballet onto an album , it needed to be played at that speed to fit everything. But listening to it now, the speed nearly kills it.

I wholeheartedly recommend the other Antal Dorati recording available on CD (recorded twenty years later and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), or better yet the "soundtrack" version with the Maurice Sendak drawing on the cover. True, they're not SACDs like this one, but the strength of the recordings make them the better buy(s); they also contain the entire ballet, but the increased time lets them breathe more and flow more smoothly, to make for more satisfying listening experiences. (The ONE exception I would make is for "Pas de Deaux", which in my opinion is stronger on this earlier recording than on the later Dorati version.)
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