17 Jul 2017

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker, Act II

From Music Alive, 7:00 pm on 17 July 2017

Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei.


Tchaikovsky Photo: By Nikolai Dimitriyevich Kuznetsov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker, Act II

In Act 2 of Tchaikovsky's 'fairy-tale ballet' the heroine Clara's toy nutcracker has become a handsome prince, who takes her to his Kingdom of Sweets. The inhabitants dance for the happy couple - Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Russian candy-canes among others - all providing an excuse for music and a characteristic dance from their country of origin. After a final celebratory waltz, Clara and the Prince leave in a reindeer sleigh.

Recorded 15 October 2016 at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy

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