TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker / Gergiev 4621142

. . . Gergiev propels the action on impulsively, giving drama to the Act 1 party scenes. The divertissement numbers sparkle -- especially the glittering "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" ¿ and there's a breathless excitement to the transformation of the Christmas tree . . . The "pas de deux" is sumptuous and the Nutcracker leads Clara through the snow in glorious splendour . . . [Gergiev's first recording of the piece is thrilling in the big moments and his breakneck speeds provide] breathless excitement on a single disc. Tchaikovsky's score glitters.