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The Nutcracker Suite

by The Invincible Czars

Who needs snow for holiday fun? Austin's emperors of eclectic rock perform their surprisingly accurate, modernized version Tchaikovsky's classic.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act I, No. 1a, Miniature Overture
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2. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act I, No. 2, Marche
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3. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act I, No. 9, Waltz of the Snowflakes
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4. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12a, Chocolate - Spanish Da
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5. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12b, Coffee - Arabian Dance
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6. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12c, Tea - Chinese Dance
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7. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12d, Trepak - Russian Dance
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8. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12e, Dance of the Mirlitons
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9. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 12f, Mother Gigogne and the
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10. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 13, Waltz of the Flowers
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11. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No.14a: Dance of the Sugar Plum
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12. The Nutcracker, Op. 71a: Act II, No. 15, Apotheosis
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Album Notes

The Invincible Czars have taken on many projects in their six years of existence in Austin,
but none as character-building and ability-driving as their rock interpretations of Tchaikovsky's
"Nutcracker Suite".
In 2004, the band debuted their first arrangements of the Suite at Austin's underground hub The Church
of the Friendly Ghost, and it's been a consistent hit every year since. Initial home recordings of
the Suite were sold out quickly, and in 2007, the Czars entered Ohm Recording Facility in Austin to
produce a complete, expanded version of the Nutcracker. A full year of work ensued, but the finished
product raised the bar for both band and material, adding new tunes and filling in the empty spaces
with guest appearances from friends and colleagues from the Austin scene. The results astounded everyone
involved - what started as an offhand joke had become the Czars' finest collective product yet,an album
full of rich tones, new takes on familiar melodies and compelling surprises.

Combining the essential holiday-season music with the Czars' trademark genre-hopping, ear-bending,
orchestral ambitions makes perfect aural sense. You've never heard the Nutcracker like this before!
The music makes the perfect accompaniment for the holiday season, and a great gift for music lovers
of all kinds.

The Invincible Czars "Nutcracker Suite" is available on CD from CDBaby, Waterloo Records, End of an Ear,
and directly from the band at


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itay S

fast-past romp through a Christmas classic
I had to share this review- it was written by Matt Warnock, contributor to All About and editor-in-chief of Guitar International Magazine

"This fast-past romp through a Christmas classic is a mixture of hard-drivin’ melodies and unexpected musical timbres, mixed together to put a fresh spin on a well-loved and oft-played track. By adding distorted guitar along with the traditional instruments, the Invincible Czars add an extra bit of musical energy to the melody lines, providing enough freshness and entertainment to make it a welcome addition to the holiday musical catalogue"

Judi M. Williams

Love it!
I really love this record! It's a terrific interpretation of the music from the ballet, yet it has the same integrity and listenability of the original. I bought this album so that my students could create a twisted, rocked-out version of "The Nutcracker" for their Christmas show, and everyone LOVED it. The parents and even other teachers were asking me who did the music. Great record! Which I had found it sooner!

Rick G

Amazing! You just have to read this review written by Wildy Haskell contributor for Wildy's World:
The Invincible Czars are an inspiring tour de force in their rock and roll interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker Suite. Think Mannheim Steamroller with a bit of Joe Satriani thrown in for good measure. The Invisible Czars even manage to incorporate “Sleigh Ride” into the mix in a seamless transition that’s hard to imagine and yet works perfectly in the setting. This is joyful, inspired madness for the holidays.