Modern Mandolin Quartet
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This version of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" performed by The Modern Mandolin Quartet is magnificently orchestrated. It also features music from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Mozart's "Magic Flute," and guest appearances by Ransom Wilson on flute and Edgar Meyer on bass.
As a mandolin player, this album is a must.....This suite is not something you hear on this beautiful instrument everyday!!!
Excellent and unusual holiday music
So, I'm a big fan of "The Nutcracker", and I'm also a big fan of good Christmas/Holiday music and some forms of bluegrass. This album is simply excellent. It's a really unique take on the Nutcracker. It's done completely with Bluegrass intruments, from Mandolin, to Guitar, to stand-up Bass. If you're willing to not demand the Philharmonic and simply enjoy the music for how it's made and for its uniqueness, you're going to really like this version. I first heard it two years ago, and it's now a holiday staple for my family and me.
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s