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Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker LP 180 Gram Vinyl Efrem Kurtz Philharmonia Orchestra Hi-Q Supercuts 2015 EU

Artist: Efrem Kurtz
Title: Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
Catalog Number: HIQLP051
Label: EMI
Reissued by: Hi-Q Records
Barcode: 5060218890515
Original release year: 1958
Reissue year: 2015
Number of discs: 1
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 261gr
Pressing country: EU
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: January 3, 2016
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A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium, Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber, Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian.

 

 

  • Hi-Q Records Supercuts
  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Cut from the Original EMI Analog Master Tapes
  • Mastered at Abbey Road Studios
  • Features Original Album Artwork


"Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. Pressed using the original EMI presses at The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England"

 

 

A tall imposing figure, so tall, in fact, that he often dispensed with a podium, Efrem Kurtz was a distinguished Russian conductor, who had studied with Glazunov and Tcherepnin and was a pupil of Arthur Nikisch. Kurtz had a broad symphonic and operatic repertory and conducted the premieres of works by Copland, Barber, Walton, Hindemith, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. But he was most highly regarded for his interpretations of Russian music.

Kurtz was a familiar name to the record collector of the 1950s and embarked upon a series of Tchaikovsky ballet recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI in 1958. HIQ has already released Swan Lake and the release The Sleeping Beauty is in preparation. Of this Nutcracker highlights Gramaphone wrote: "This is probably as good a selection as could reasonably be expected."

In the original review in The Gramophone of November 1958, R.F. remarked: "The orchestral quality is superb, and the dynamic contrasts tremendous. If you can hear the opening pizzicato notes of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, the end of the Valse des Fleurs will have your neighbours banging on the wall in desperation."

 

 

Recorded March 1958, Kingsway Hall, London. Recording Producer: Peter Andry. Balance Engineer: Neville Boyling.

 

Musicians:

Philharmonia Orchestra
Efrem Kurtz, conductor

Track Listing:

Side A
    TCHAIKOVSKY: "CASSE-NOISETTE" ("NUTCRACKER"), OP.71
    1. Ouverture
    2. No.2: Marche; No.3: petit Galop des enfants et entrée des parents; No.8: Scène; No.9: Valse des flacons de neige
    3. No.12: Divertissement: (a) Le chocolat; (b) Le café

Side B
    TCHAIKOVSKY: "CASSE-NOISETTE" ("NUTCRACKER"), OP.71 (contd)
    1. No.12: Divertissement (c) Le thé (d) Trépak (e) Danse des mirlitons
    2. No.13: Valse de fleurs
    3. No.14(a) Pas de deux (La fée Dragée avec le prince Orgeat)
    4. No.14: (b) Pour le danseur (c) Pour la danseuse (d) Coda; No.15: Valse finale

 

 

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