Walt Disney Records is set to release the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms on 26 October. Composer James Newton Howard has created the score and it was recorded by The Philharmonia Orchestra in London with esteemed conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang, Disney’s holiday feature film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters on 2 November.
With original music composed and produced by Howard, the soundtrack builds on iconic themes from Tchaikovsky’s classic 1892 ballet score. Howard’s thrilling orchestral score captures the magic and intrigue of the film by re-imagining the original ‘Nutcracker’ ballet music with a modern twist. “Tchaikovsky was one of the great melody writers of all time,” said Howard. “The colors of ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet score have become a part of the vocabulary of film music. It’s where so much of the 19th-century romantic music that I call upon as a film composer is rooted.”
According to the composer, the score is elegant and emotional. “It’s all about the storytelling,” he said. “The score is very traditional—a big orchestra score—with lots of woodwinds and strings, plus tinkle bells and celeste and chorale music, including a boys’ choir.”
Considered one of the most distinguished conductors of our day, Dudamel along with The Philharmonia Orchestra, brought the score to life. “Tchaikovsky’s epic score always takes me on a journey,” he explained. “Add a little Disney movie-making magic to this and the results are stunning—an instant holiday classic.”
In parallel to the Walt Disney Records soundtrack, Dudamel’s critically-acclaimed interpretation of the original full Tchaikovsky score of ‘The Nutcracker’ will be released through Universal Music’s DG label on 30 November. The Los Angeles Times noted, “Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is irresistible in the hands of Dudamel and the LA Phil at Disney Hall.”
Global phenom Lang Lang says his career was launched thanks in part to Tchaikovsky. “His first piano concerto is the piece that made my career,” said Lang Lang. “His music is not only exciting, but it’s so beautiful and intimate—it gets right into your heart. That’s the power of Tchaikovsky’s music. But James made it his own. It is an original work of magic—it’s spiritual and it sparkles. Audiences will get a new sound experience.”
The film end-credit track is the poignant duet ‘Fall On Me,’ the new song by global superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli which is also featured on Andrea’s new album Si, released on 26 October through Sugar Music/Decca Records.
Starring Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Disney’s new holiday feature film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston, and inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is out on 26 October. Scroll down to read the full tracklist and buy it here.
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms:
‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’
‘Presents From Mother’
‘Clara’s New World’
‘Just a Few Questions’
‘Sugar Plum And Clara’
‘The Fourth Realm’
‘Clara Finds The Key’
‘The Bridge Fight’
‘The Machine Room Fight’
‘The Nutcracker Suite’ – performed by Lang Lang
‘Fall On Me’ – performed by Andrea Bocelli featuring Matteo Bocelli.