Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Nutcracker In July 14

Almost to the halfway point of the month here, and I've still got plenty of versions of The Nutcracker Suite in the folder for sharing.  Hope you're enjoying them!  Tonight's version is by Boris Tolstov Conducting The Leningrad Philharmonia Orchestra, that's right, an actual Russian performance!  Or at least that's who it's credited to.  There's always the possibility that it's a pseudonymous version when the artist is a name you aren't familiar with.  The album is Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake And Nutcracker Suite (Dyna-Disc SCH-825, Stereo, 1960).  Interesting note here is the presence of the track March.  It was on the vinyl, and banded by itself, but it wasn't listed on the sleeve or the label. So quality control is not the strong suit of this label.  Anyhow, enjoy the music, and I'll be back with more tomorrow.

9 comments:

Buster said...

The conductor is almost certainly a pseudonym, and the orchestra is a made-up name. I have no idea who they are!

Ernie said...

Benny & The Jets?

Badgercat said...

...and Natasha will play Marie Stahlbaum.....

JustaJeepGuy said...


Why is Swan Lake so often associated with The Nutcracker? Not being a ballet fan, I need to have this 'splained to me.

Ernie said...

Swan Lake was also composed by Tchaikovsky. So they're a couple of peas from the same pod.

Sky Raven said...

Pretty nice performance, whoever the conductor and orchestra are. Interesting that the conductor's name is spelled differently on the front of the cover than on the back. Oh well, when it's a pseudonym anyway it doesn't matter how you misspell it.

Ernie said...

I didn't even notice that it was spelled differently in different places. Sure sign of a budget outfit. :(

JustaJeepGuy said...


Tchaikovsky probably composed a lot of music. Should it all be associated with The Nutcracker? Irving Berlin composed "White Christmas" and "Annie Get Your Gun" but you don't see those closely associated. Something's not right. It might be me. But I'm not sure.

Ernie said...

I don't know that it's associated with The Nutcracker, but it's also a ballet by Tchaikovsky. So it's the same as them combining songs from Berlin for White Christmas on one side of the LP, and Annie Get Your Gun on the other side.