Germans and Austrians
Symphonic storytelling: The Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeping Beauty is perhaps the Ugly Duckling of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets. It was the second in the trilogy, completed in 1889, but has neither the dramatic thrust of Swan Lake nor the calorific sugar-coated charm of The Nutcracker in terms of popular appeal.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi (Download 96kHz/24bit)
The Nutcracker, Op.71, is a fairy ballet in 2 acts and 3 scenes, written and orchestrated by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky between February 1891 and April 1892. The story was based on a children's fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, adapted by Alexandre Dumas. This was Tchaikovsky's last ballet, from which he compiled a famous Suite of eight numbers for concert performance. The ballet is scored for a large orchestra consisting of 3 flutes, 2 piccolos, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 2 clarinets (in A, B…