EMI Classics is proud to release Tchaikovsky’s most famous work, The Nutcracker. This stunning new recording features the world’s greatest orchestra, the Berliner Philharmoniker, under the baton of their celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary as an exclusive EMI Classics artist. This musical fairytale follows Clara and her unusual prince and protector, The Nutcracker, through adventures and exotic delights in the magical Kingdom of Sweets.
The Nutcracker is the most popular ballet, and its annual holiday performances have become a treasured tradition the world over. This release features the live recording of Act II from December 2009’s Silvesterkonzert, Germany’s New Year’s celebrations. Act I was recorded in the studio during the same period.
This special, limited edition 2-CD set features a 52 page hardcover book detailing the history and context of the work through photographs, illustrations, essays as well as an introduction from Sir Simon Rattle himself. The Experience Edition also includes exclusive video footage from both Sir Simon Rattle and members of the orchestra explaining the enduring popularity of this work and their experience in recording the work, a special 24-hour guest pass to the BPO’s Digital Concert Hall, photos and more.