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Every Monday I pick a record from my collection completely at random and then I write about it! In today’s post the album I’m going to be talking about is Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite & Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture!
I haven’t been able to find any information for this particular album online so what I’ll do is I’ll give you what I can from the album sleeve and then I’ll tell you a bit more generally about Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite and The Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture!
Although this album is of Tchaikovsky’s music, it isn’t actually Tchaikovsky performing, this particular album is performed by the Philharmonic International Orchestra directed by Roland Antonesco!
It was released in 1979 on Chevron Records and features two of the most well-known works of Tchaikovsky!
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in the spring of 1840, (to anyone wondering that isn’t a mistake, I really do mean eighteen-forty!) and he died in 1893. He was a Russian composer who is still to this day one of the most notable / well known composers in classical music.
According to Wikipedia; Tchaikovsky was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, something which was helped greatly by his guest appearances in Europe and The United States.
I have really enjoyed researching the life of Tchaikovsky for this post but I have come across a lot of mixed information online, I don’t want to misinform anybody and I certainly don’t wish to contribute to the mixed information on the internet but I implore you all to read up on his life and make your own judgements based on the information you find to be the most believable, but whatever you choose to believe it all makes for an interesting read that’s for sure!
I’m going to hunt for some books about Tchaikovsky that can hopefully offer a better insight than the internet has so that next time we stumble across one of his albums I can give you more information!
The Nutcracker is a two act ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The performance is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera Lolanta.
The original production of The Nutcracker was not a success but Tchaikovsky’s 20-minute suite from it was. You may be surprised to hear that the initial production wasn’t a success because The Nutcracker is almost impossible to avoid these days especially at Christmas time, but it grew in popularity in the 1960s and it just hasn’t stopped growing since!
The Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture is a piece of music that Tchaikovsky created which was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo & Juliet.
Romeo & Juliet is one of many plays by William Shakespeare that inspired Tchaikovsky, other plays include The Tempest and Hamlet.
I feel quite strange writing ‘let’s look at the track list!’ because I don’t think that would be the correct terminology to use for this sort of album but for lack of a better phrase… let’s take a look at the track list!
- Overture Miniature
- Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy
- Russian Dance
- Arabian Dance
- Chinese Dance
- Dance Of The Reed Flutes
- Waltz Of The Flowers
- Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
I’m not going to pick my ‘favourite track’ from this album because it’s all beautiful.
I cannot find a single thing online for this album so I can’t suggest that you listen to this exact album but I can and do highly recommend that you give Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture a listen!
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