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    I heard several recordings of Nutcracker. Gergiev, Previn, Rattle, Mackerras are good, but I wasn't satisfied. What is the most precision (this is the most important for me) recording of this ballet (highlights or complete)?

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    I like the Nutcracker-BAllet very much. Therefore I would like to recommend the recording with Yuri Temirkanov and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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    I've read somewhere that the old Dorati recording is good, but I would also recommend Temirkanov.
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    For precision, perhaps Karajan or Haitink. I like the lighter touch of Previn and the spirit of Dorati myself, but precision isn't what I look for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I've read somewhere that the old Dorati recording is good, but I would also recommend Temirkanov.
    I like the Mercury Dorati Nutcracker but especially love the Philips/Concertgebouw Dorati Nutcracker-- with the great rendition of the Waltz of the Snowflakes.

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    Yes, Dorati is always terrific, in whatever version you wish. But for something completely different...

    Give a listen to the London label, early stereo recording by Ernest Ansermet conducting his Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. This band of French-school players had a special sound that you absolutely will not hear in any orchestra nowadays. French wind playing was very colorful back then, and the orchestral blend was non-homgeneous and piquant. There are lots of old Ansermet/Suisse Romande recordings still available, in diverse repertoire, and they do not deserve to be forgotten. This kind of orchestral sound is history, it will never be heard again, and Tchaikovsky's wondrous woodwind writing was made for it. Ansermet's tempi are a bit more leisurely than is common now; the magic unfolds gently, it breathes, and everything has time to bewitch the senses.

    Check out all the Tchaikovsky ballets with Ansermet. I think they're available as a set. A lovely supplement to any others you may like.

    P.S. Just checked Amazon. Apparently the 3 ballets are no longer available as a set. I think Nutcracker is available coupled with a Rossini Boutique Fantasque under Solti, but it's a little hard to tell from Amazon's poorly detailed product page. And not a soul has reviewed it! This is a disgraceful state of affairs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Yes, Dorati is always terrific, in whatever version you wish. But for something completely different...

    Give a listen to the London label, early stereo recording by Ernest Ansermet conducting his Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. This band of French-school players had a special sound that you absolutely will not hear in any orchestra nowadays. French wind playing was very colorful back then, and the orchestral blend was non-homgeneous and piquant. There are lots of old Ansermet/Suisse Romande recordings still available, in diverse repertoire, and they do not deserve to be forgotten. This kind of orchestral sound is history, it will never be heard again, and Tchaikovsky's wondrous woodwind writing was made for it. Ansermet's tempi are a bit more leisurely than is common now; the magic unfolds gently, it breathes, and everything has time to bewitch the senses.

    Check out all the Tchaikovsky ballets with Ansermet. I think they're available as a set. A lovely supplement to any others you may like.

    P.S. Just checked Amazon. Apparently the 3 ballets are no longer available as a set. I think Nutcracker is available coupled with a Rossini Boutique Fantasque under Solti, but it's a little hard to tell from Amazon's poorly detailed product page. And not a soul has reviewed it! This is a disgraceful state of affairs!
    I remember one passage in the Ansermet recording where there is a fast trumpet run that is breathtaking in its clarity and precision. It always impressed.

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    Thank you for all suggestions. I'll check them.
    For example, this is my favourite recording of few tracks, but this is only short suite
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYjqjgVCPQU
    Dance of the Reed Pipes sounds perfect
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