The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

November 3, 2018

James Newton Howard’s NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS Soundtrack Released

JNH The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsTHE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston and written by Ashleigh Powell. It is a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and Marius Petipa’s The Nutcracker,” about a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family’s gifts and is charged by her parents to take special care of it. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.

The music was adapted in part from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite from 1892 by James Newton Howard, updating the original and adding new tracks as well. For the recording, Gustavo Dudamel conducted the London Philharmonia Orchestra, while Lang Lang was the piano soloist. Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo contributed the original duet “Fall on Me” for the film.

The soundtrack album is available on CD and digitally from Walt Disney Records.

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