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Tchaikovsky

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky

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Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker, Op 71

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra / Neeme Jarvi

Chandos [B] [2] [DVD] CHSA5144 (85' * DDD/DSD)

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In this final instalment of their trilogy of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings, it comes as no surprise that the players in the Bergen Philharmonic are at one with their conductor. They play this score with a panache and imagination that holds the listener enthralled by the tale that begins one Christmas Eve as Clara Silberhaus journeys from snow-covered forest to the enchanted kingdom of Confiturembourg.

Neeme Jarvi and his Bergen Philharmonic scamper through the Overture and opening scene so quickly that I wondered if they'd set up a new speed record for the entire ballet. They come in at 84 minutes, second only to Gergiev with the Kirov Orchestra at 81 (Philips, 1/99). It is unlikely such tempi would be heard in the theatre but this latest recording never sounds rushed; indeed, Jarvi's tempi for the dances from the familiar Nutcracker Suite would be in tune with the expectations of most balletomanes. …

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