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Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker / Rimsky-Korsakov: Christmas Eve [Prunella Scales] [Naxos Children's Classics] [CD]

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  • Orchestra: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Michael Halász, Igor Golovschin
  • Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos Children's Classics
  • ASIN: B0000517A3
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Overture 3:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: March 5:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy 4:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Russian Dance 1:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Arabian Dance 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Chinese Dance 1:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Dance of the Toy Trumpets 2:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Waltz of the Flowers 7:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Nutcracker, Op. 71: Finale 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Christmas Eve: Introduction 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Christmas Eve: Procession of the Comet 1:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Christmas Eve: Devil's Dance 6:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Christmas Eve: Vakula woos Oksana14:39Album Only
Listen14. Christmas Eve: Polonaise 3:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Christmas Eve: Ovsyen and Kolyada 3:20£0.89  Buy MP3 

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PYOTR ILY'ICH Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite from the ballet 1. Overture 2. March 3. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy 4. Russian Dance 5. Arabian Dance 6. Chinese Dance 7. Dance of the toy trumpets 8. Waltz of the Flowers 9. Finale NIKOLAY RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Christmas Eve Suite from the opera 10. Introduction 11. Procession of the Comet 12. Devil's Dance 13. Vakula woos Oksana - Polonaise 14. Ovsyen and Kolyada 15. Vakula and Oksana

The actress Prunella Scales is the narrator on this Naxos release which is unashamedly aimed at the children's Christmas market. Two seasonal works fill 64 minutes--Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve Suite. Scales is rather a plummy mother. Her elegant diction comes from a bygone dinner-party era. She sounds kind and warm but also somewhat distant as if she were the sort to employ a third party actually to bring the children up. One imagines her obedient junior audience demurely sitting in rows, not making a sound, restraining themselves even as the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" twinkles magically from the speakers. Children may find this lap-forbidding. Nikolai Gogol wrote the story for Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Christmas Eve. A blacksmith fools the devil, obtains a pair of the Empress' slippers and wins the initially reluctant hand of the prettiest girl in town. Rimsky-Korsakov's music is more incidental to, and dependant on, the story than Tchaikovsky's, which may be performed without. Michael Halasz conducts the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra in the Tchaikovsky, Igor Golovschin the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in the Rimsky-Korsakov. All very charming in a children-should-be-seen-and-not-heard sort of way. --Rick Jones

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4.0 out of 5 stars A civilising experience 3 Aug 2002
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It's true that the narration style of Prunella Scales is cool and restrained, but that is entirely in keeping with the tone of her script. The music sparkles, and The Nutcracker is full of memorable tunes that children warm to. Can it hold up against all the competition for kids' attention at Christmas? I think it probably can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for 5 year old 29 Jan 2013
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A wonderful introduction to classical music. Purchased with a book about a ballerina and the Nutcracker suite-she loved it and has listened to it every day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Need to crank up the volume to hear it! 8 Jan 2014
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I thought my daughter (aged 5) would love this. Her favourite bedtime story is The Nutcracker and she loves the music. But the sound quality is poor and you have to keep adjusting the volume in order to hear the story and the quieter passages of music, then lower it or risk your eardrums for the louder bits. I wouldn't recommend this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 31 Dec 2013
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Ordered this cd as I love the music, loved the story being told by Prunella Scales which along with the music is pure magic. Would definatly recommend for adults as well as children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music 29 Dec 2013
By keith
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I love this classical music I have heard this suite many times but never owned the record or disc, I do now and highly recomend it to anyone, buy it and listen to it.
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