The Nutcracker & I,


Pianist Alexandra Dariescu presents a reimagining of the classic ballet tale of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, with Alex herself taking the role of Clara, now a little girl longing to fulfil her dream of becoming a pianist. Alexandra performs extracts from the ballet in transcriptions by luminaries including Mikhail Pletnev and Percy Grainger, interspersed with narration from TV presenter Lindsey Russell in a new version of the story by Jessica Duchen.

The lavish book-bound release includes illustrations by Adam Smith, adapted from Yeast Culture’s cutting-edge digital animation that accompanies the show’s live performances.

A pleasant and entertaining experience for children – Gramophone

The perfect Christmas disc for tiny humans – BBC Music Magazine

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Alexandra Dariescu piano

Lindsey Russell narrator

Story by Jessica Duchen

RELEASE DATE: 27/04/2018


BARCODE: 635212054222

1. Scene arr Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2. Miniature Overture arr Stepan Esipoff

3. Opening Act One arr Gavin Sutherland

4. March arr Mikhail Pletnev

5. The Battle arr Gavin Sutherland / Pas de Deux in the Snow arr Mikhail Pletnev

6. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy arr Mikhail Pletnev

7. Tarantella arr Mikhail Pletnev

8. Arabian Dance arr Stepan Esipoff

9. Russian Dance (Trepak) arr Mikhail Pletnev

10. Chinese Dance arr Mikhail Pletnev

11. Dance of the Reed Flutes arr Stepan Esipoff

12. Pas de Deux arr Mikhail Pletnev

13. Waltz of the Flowers arr Percy Grainger

14. Finale Act Two arr Gavin Sutherland