The Mariinsky Theatre presents Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
First performed in 1892 and based on E.T.A. Hoffmanns story, The Nutcracker represents a high point in Tchaikovsky's late work. Distinguished by a lavish melodic richness, it includes several numbers that belong to the list of all-time classical music favourites, including the "Waltz of the Flowers" and the "Pas de deux" intrada. In the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", Tchaikovsky creates a magical effect by using the the celesta, an instrument that was all but unknown at the time. Scenically opulent and musically ravishing, this production by the Mariinsky Theatre presents a continuation of the long tradition of classical ballet in Russia.
- Mariinsky Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Children's Chorus
- Valery Gergiev