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Album Review

There are only so many ways you can say it, but it's worth repeating: the combination of Valery Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra is one of the all-time best when it comes to performing Russian music for the stage. The recording of the complete Nutcracker is just one example of their particular skills. There is a clarity and precision to the orchestra's playing that gives Tchaikovsky's music sparkle, while Gergiev breathes life into the dances and few moments of drama that are in the story. Melodies and countermelodies seamlessly pass from one instrument to another, and every nuance of dynamics and timing. And yet that attention to detail does not detract from the enchantment of the presentation. It's a refreshing reading of the complete ballet that stands in contrast to the often run-of-the-mill and clichéd performances of the Nutcracker Suite., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Impressive little opera

Iolanta is filled with exquisitely beautiful music (no surprise, it's Tchaikovsky) although the "light" subject matter was frowned upon by some critics when it was first performed over 100 years ago. Tchaikovsky's talent was so immense, he wrote "Iolanta" and "The Nutcracker" simultaneously and they premiered the same night. He hated the Nutcracker at first, then he hated Iolanta, then he went back to hating the Nutcracker... in the end he wrote two amazing works and his grievously high standards damned them both undeservedly.

Although the three album-only tracks are must-haves, please do yourself a favor and buy tracks 2, 6, and 10 if nothing else. You will *faint* from beauty overload.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta, Chorus of the Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Opera
  • Released: Mar 12, 1996

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