Tchaikovski: The Nutcracker & I Alexandra Dariescu

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski (1840 - 1893): The Nutcracker, Op. 71:
  • 1Scene (version for piano)05:07
  • The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a:
  • 2I. Miniature Overture (arr. S. Esipoff for piano)03:04
  • 3Act I: Opening (arr. M. Pletnev for piano)03:14
  • 4I. March: Tempo di marcia viva (arr. M. Pletnev for piano)01:59
  • 5Act I: The Battle - Pas de deux in the Snow (arr. M. Pletnev and G. Sutherland for piano)08:02
  • 6II. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy: Andante ma non troppo02:35
  • 7III. Tarantella01:35
  • 8V. Arab Dance (arr. S. Esipoff for piano)03:55
  • 9V. Trepak - Russian Dance: Molto vivace01:51
  • 10VI. Tea - Chinese Dance: Allegro moderato01:30
  • 11VII. Dance of the Reeds (arr. S. Esipoff for piano)02:28
  • 12Pas de Deux (arr. M. Pletnev for piano)06:02
  • The Nutcracker, Op. 71:
  • 13Act II: Waltz of the Flowers (arr. P. Grainger for piano)07:29
  • The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a:
  • 14Act II: Finale (arr. M. Pletnev and G. Sutherland for piano)03:58
  • Total Runtime52:49

Info for Tchaikovski: The Nutcracker & I

Pianist Alexandra Dariescu presents a reimagining of the classic ballet tale of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, with Alex herself taking the role of Clara, now a little girl longing to fulfil her dream of becoming a pianist …

Anyone recording Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto must have something special to say. The competition is overwhelming and practically all the greatest pianists in history had their say with this virtuoso warhorse. Alexandra Dariescu plays it safe in an interpretation where all the notes are played well and there are no sudden surprises. Turn to her performance of the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, however, in the idiomatic arrangement by Mikhail Pletnev, and you will find that here is a pianist with something special to say. The celesta part of ‘The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ rings out with bell-like clarity and the ‘Trepak’ is piano-playing at the highest virtuoso level. That she also makes the piano sing in the concluding Apotheosis is another example of her strong musicianship. The recording places the piano clearly in the centre of the sound picture, which complements Dariescu’s rhythmic clarity, not least in her whimsical account of the ‘Tarantella’. Let’s hope we get more dance-inspired music from this pianist.

Alexandra Dariescu, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Darrell Ang, conductor

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