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Ensemble

Vividly Characterised

Alexei Stepanov conducts the
Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra,
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Whatever its theatrical shortcomings, Act 2 of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker makes an effective, though lightweight, stand-alone concert piece. The Bolshoy Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexei Stepanov (Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK, 10 May 2011) made the most of the music's colours, and never lost sight of the fact that this is dance music. Individual numbers were vividly characterised, including an unusually sturdy Chinese Dance, and a suitably vigorous Russian Dance...

Copyright © 16 May 2011 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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RUSSIA

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

SERGEI RACHMANINOV

NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

DERBY ASSEMBLY ROOMS

ENGLAND

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

PIANO

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