Sunday, 4 December 2016

We're all Sugar Plum Fairies now



In complete contrast to Thursday's anarchic cabaret courtesy of Miss Eve Ferret, Hils, Crog and I had a far more conventional evening last night - as we once more gathered in the Baroque surroundings of St John's, Smith Square for an orchestral rendition of Tchaikovsky's seasonal classic ballet score The Nutcracker by the Fulham Symphony Orchestra.

It is a marvellous suite of music in its own right - despite the lack of visual stimulus afforded by the ballet version - and contains a number of familiar vignettes. The FSO played the entire suite, brilliantly. However, their efforts are not to be found out there on the interwebs, so instead here are some extracts played by a variety of other orchestras...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (here by the Cologne New Philharmonic):


Waltz of the Flowers (Berliner Philharmoniker):


March of the Toy Soldiers (Moscow Symphony Orchestra):


Dance Of The Mirlitons (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra):


With vocal bits provided by the Chorus of the Fulham Camerata Consort and the PMF Children’s Choir, the superb playing, and the glorious surroundings, this was indeed a rather magical night.

Fulham Symphony Orchestra

St John's, Smith Square

8 comments:

  1. A holiday season can't pass with this holiday classic. What a beautiful venue too.

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    1. St John's is an amazing venue. We love it!

      We also went to see the ballet version of the Nutcracker by Sir Matthew Bourne a few years ago, and that was totally wonderful. If ever his production pops up Stateside, I highly recommend it. Jx

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  2. Lovely - wish I could have been there too xxx

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    1. Your Sugar Plum Fairies were missed... Jx

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  3. It was a lovely evening, even the kids were good! You were missed Tony xx

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    1. It was joyful, and I'm pleased we went! Jx

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  4. I started looking into going to see the ballet... and then I realised just how expensive that is. Still, its on the telly over Xmas :-)

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    1. The Nutcracker makes an appearance every Xmas on telly - if it's the Matthew Bourne version, then we may watch it! Jx

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