Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Nutcracker In July 28

Time once again for Tchaikovsky's immortal Nutcracker Suite. You've heard it 27 times this month, and today is probably no different than any of those. But it's a tradition at this point, so You're just going to have to live with it through the end of the month.  Today's version is by the absolutely pseudonymous International Festival Orchestra (the copy on the back of the LP pretty much said it's a name for the quality musicians they assemble for all their records). And the album is Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite And Romeo & Juliet Overture (Paris International Music Appreciation Library Volume 13, Mono). The best part about this version is the cool names they've given to some of the tracks. I'm not sure if they're correct or not, but they're interesting. I don't think I'll be seeking out the other volumes in this series though.

8 comments:

Van said...

What's the cover look like?

Ernie said...

Well, here's a link to the entry at Discogs, but there is no scan.

https://www.discogs.com/Pyotr-Ilyich-Tchaikovsky-Music-Appreciation-Library-Volume-13-Tchaikovskys-Nutcracker-Suite/release/15596452

I also have this one, which shows a cover, and it is probably the same music, but this is not the one I recorded.

https://www.discogs.com/Pyotr-Ilyich-Tchaikovsky-1812-Festival-Overture-Nutcracker-Suite/release/12534464

Actually, I don't know if they're the same or not, I'd better not say...

Buster said...

I am going on memory, but I think Kurt Woess (who is named on the alternate cover you linked) was a real conductor.

Ernie said...

I think the version on Westminster earlier in the month was by him, or at least a spelling variant of that name. No, not Westminster. Masterseal. This one...

https://ernienotbert.blogspot.com/2020/07/nutcracker-in-july-22.html

Buster said...

That's right - and the original was on Remington, as SkyRaven mentioned.

https://www.discogs.com/TchaikovskySymphony-Orchestra-Of-The-Viennese-Symphonic-Society-Kurt-W%C3%B6ss-Nutcracker-Suite/master/1639534

Ernie said...

I think I've only shared out two or three unique versions all month... :)

Sky Raven said...

Well, the timings are almost identical to those of the Kurt Wöss recording, and it sounds the same, so... :) Burt

Van said...

Always interesting. Thanks for all of this.