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Simon Rattle

December 10, 2010

Rattle, Berlin, and the Nutcracker

It's Christmas Eve, and there's a big party. Young Clara gets a special present, a nutcracker. At midnight, the Christmas tree grows magically, and the Nutcracker springs to life, doing battle with an army of mice. It's Act One of "The Nutcracker," by Peter Tchaikovsky. Conductor Simon Rattle says that the more he listened to Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, the more fascinated he became by it. Today, Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Act One of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker." And they'll be back on Monday's show for Act Two.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 89 in F, Hob. I:89
    The Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor
  • Tobias Hume
    A Mery Conceit: The Queenes Delight
    Market Square Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Act I from the Nutcracker
    The Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

hour 2

  • Anonymous
    O, Were Thou to See the Child
    Cantoria Hispanica, Jose Hernandez Pastor, director
    CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
  • Francisco Guerrero
    Today, Joseph, You Shall Beget
    Cantoria Hispanica, Jose Hernandez Pastor, director
    CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
  • Gabriela Lena Frank
    Excerpts from Hilos (Threads)
    The ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
  • Mozart Camargo Guarnieri
    Three Dances
    The Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, Kazem Abdullah, conductor
    Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Second movement from String Quartet No. 6
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano
  • Anonymous
    In Dulci Jubilo
    The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
    St. John's United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas
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