Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (complete ballet);
Serenade for Strings, Op. 48 (disc 2, tracks 16-19)
London Symphony Orchestra (Nutcracker)
Philharmonia Hungarica (Serenade for Strings)
Antal Dorati, conductor
Recorded July 11-13, 1962 in Watford Town Hall, UK (Nutcracker) and June 5, 1958 in the Great Hall of the Vienna Konzerthaus (Serenade for Strings)
Recording Director: Wilma Cozart
Musical Supervisor: Harold Lawrence
Chief Engineer & Technical Supervisor: C. Robert Fine
Associate Engineer: Robert Eberenz (Nutcracker)
DSD Transfer and 3-to-2 MIx: Andrew Wedman
Original recordings made with three Schoeps M201 omni-directional microphones (Nutcracker) and a Schoeps M201 in the center and Neumann KM-56 omni-directional mics on the left and right (Serenade for Strings). Recorded on Westrex 3-track 35mm magnetic film recorders (Nutcracker) and Ampex 300 3-track half-inch tape recorders at 15 inches per second (Serenade for Strings). First-generation tapes were transferred to produce this high-definition download.
On this delightful audiophile download, world class conductor Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra study one of Tchaikovsky’s final ballets, The Nutcracker. The work is refreshingly symphonic and rendered with varying tones, balanced textures and marvelous bells. Detailed and warm, every melodic line is emphasized with the stunning clarity and depth associated with the Mercury Living Presence series. One of the finest recordings in the series, this album cannot be missed!