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Classical Breakdown

33. The Nutcracker, how it became a holiday classic, and what to listen for

December 15, 2020

This holiday classic has helped define the "Christmas" sound for generations. But did you know that Tchaikovsky kept a certain instrument secret until the final rehearsal? Or that he used the flute to create a new sound effect? Discover just how this ballet became a holiday classic and what to listen for with John Banther and Linda Carducci.

Show Notes

Christmas Eve performance

Listen to the entire ballet with us on Classical WETA at 7pm on Christmas Eve. 

The Celeste 

Concert performance

The Rotterdam Philharmonic with Yannick Nezet-Saguin conducting.