A Magical Gift this Christmas – The Nutcracker CD

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It’s the most delightful Christmas story of all - The Nutcracker...

Now a Christmas tradition in Brisbane performed by Queensland Ballet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and this piece of magic can now be taken home after the QSO announced its CD release of the recording.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets. Its delightful Christmas-time story has enthralled generations of adults and children alike. An undoubted highlight is Tchaikovsky’s famous music,” said Ms Sophie Galaise, CEO of the QSO.

“QSO collaborated with its friend Queensland Ballet in this joint initiative to record and release the CD. In a coup for Queensland, leading Russian maestro Pavel Sorokin, from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, was engaged to conduct the recording. QSO worked with Maestro Sorokin in 2013 for the Bolshoi Ballet’s exclusive Brisbane season as part of the QPAC International Series. In this recording, he has brought great passion and beauty to The Nutcracker’s score, with the QSO shining under his baton.”

The CD, Essential Highlights from The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was recorded in Studio 420, the QSO’s state-of-the-art studio in Brisbane’s South Bank. Proudly a 100% Queensland production, the recording also features choral ensemble the Voices of Birralee under the direction of Julie Christiansen OAM.

“QSO is one of Queensland’s most acclaimed major performing arts companies and we are delighted to partner with them to release this CD of The Nutcracker,” said Li Cunxin, Queensland Ballet Artistic Director.

“The Nutcracker is one of the most famous and beloved ballet scores. This CD will become a great resource for budding ballerinas.”  

The Nutcracker is available for $30 at the QSO’s offices in South Bank, online and on-site at performances of Queensland Ballet’s season of Ben Stevenson’s magical The Nutcracker from 12-23 December at the Playhouse, QPAC.

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