Tchaikovsky, Bolshoi Ballet, Bolshoi Theater Orchestra Conducted By Alexander Kopilov – The Nutcracker. Label: Kultur – 0062. Bolshoi Ballet Dancers: Yekaterina Maksimova (Marie), Vladimir Vasilev (The Prince), Vladimir Levashev (Uncle Drosselmeyer), & Sergei Radchenko (The Mouse King).
This is "March", the third track from this album and it is taken from the collection of "The Nutcracker" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In this 2SACD album, you can enjoy the Bolshoi Experience when listening to Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker performed by the Children’s Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre and Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow conducted by Alexander Vedernikov. The musicians of this album are: Children’s Choir of the Bolshoi Theatre, Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Alexander Vedernikov - conductor, Julia Molchanova - chorus master, Dmitry Khakhamov.
Album · 2007 · 24 Songs. Glazunov: Raymonda Ballet. Tchaïkovski: Swan Lake (Etoiles Of Bolshoï). Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin. Tchaïkovsky: The Queen of Spades (Etoiles of Bolshoï). Khachaturian: Spartacus (Etoiles of Bolshoï).
Orchestra: Bolshoi Orchestra. Conductor: Vedernikov. Composer: Tchaikovsky. In USA we have come to associate the Tchaikovsky ballet, the Nutcracker, with the holiday season in nuary. Whether you call this season Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Festival, or something else, if you live in a large USA city with a professional ballet company, chances are very high that they will be giving the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker. We get a real, working professional Russian opera and ballet orchestra from the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. Our conductor is the current Bolshoi music director (since 2001), the gifted and brilliant Alexander Vedernikov.
The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra’s strong Tchaikovsky tradition dates back to the 19th century, thus you’d expect its playing of his ballets to project a certain authoritative feel. That’s apparent in this rendition of The Nutcracker, but so is a dismaying rote quality to the playing. Granted, the requirements of the theater and concert hall are markedly different: the Bolshoi musicians’ usual task is to support the dancers on stage and propel the narrative–a function Alexander Vedernikov seems all too happy to fulfill. In the end, Vedernikov’s recording will appeal mainly to Nutcracker ballet completists and the usual holiday-season customer. Lovers of Tchaikovsky’s masterwork are directed to the listed reference recordings. Victor Carr J. ClassicsToday.
Alexander Vedernikov Conductor, Julia Molchanova Choir Master, Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir Chorus/Choir, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra Orchestra. Act 1. The Nutcracker and Grandfather dance.