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 Pjotr Tchaikovsky's late work. Distinguished in its lavish melodic richness, several works 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 then almost unknown instrument, the celesta. Scenically opulent and musically haunting, this production by the Mariinsky Theatre presents the highest order in classical ballet and is led by conductor and artistic director Valery Gergiev, who has made many productions of the house world-renowned through numerous tours and recordings.
- Mariinsky Orchestra, Mariinsky Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre Children's Chorus
- Valery Gergiev