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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker / San Francisco Ballet

Tchaikovsky / San Francisco Ballet / Smith
Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 1002  
Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Martin West
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The opulent new version of the seasonal classic, launched spectacularly by the San Francisco Ballet, is every parent’s dream of a holiday treat. It looks scrumptious, tastes delicious, offers substantial nourishment and won’t cause cavities." -- San Francisco Examiner

Read more visually stunning, all-new production of Nutcracker, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson (artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet) is a graceful and timeless adventure on a grand scale. The scenic design by Michael Yeargan, setting the tale at the time of the 1915 San Francisco World Fair, is sensational. From the lovely Waltz of the Flowers to the crystalline beauty of the stunning Snowflake Waltz, each scene is more breathtaking than the last, bringing to life all the well-known and beloved characters with fresh sparkle and compelling originality. Recorded in High Definition video and true surround sound, this age-transcending production offers a dazzling magical journey which has received critical acclaim throughout the world.

Uncle Drosselmeyer: Damian Smith
Clara: Elizabeth Powell
The Nutcracker Prince: Davit Karapetyan
King of the Mice: David Arce
Queen of Snow: Yuan Yuan Tan
King of Snow: Pierre-François Vilanoba
Sugar Plum Fairy: Vanessa Zahorian

San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Conductor: Martin West
Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson

Recorded live at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, on 19th & 20th December 2007.

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.
Interviews with Helgi Tomasson, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz.
Documentary: 1915 World's Fair.

SUBTITLES: French, German, Spanish, Italian
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Works on This Recording

Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Martin West
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Ballet Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 NUTCRACKER BALLET - SAN FRANCISCO. May 18, 2012 By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria) See All My Reviews "David Kirk’s review in “FANFARE” of the San Francisco Ballet setting of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet supplies much useful information regarding this production. I do not need to repeat it here, except that I agree, it is not strictly a traditional one, but who cares if the story has been shifted to San Francisco following the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. The ballet’s snow scene is both spectacular and stunning as indeed is the total performance. Although snow is a rear sight in San Francisco, scattered over several years, I have lived in San Francisco for many months and retain deep affection for “The City” and its high level of culture, its diversity and the acceptance of others in its community. So what does all this mean? So much of the City retains its heritage, traditions and freedom of thought and action to this day, so to get a much deeper appreciation of this exiting production, you need to see the documentary on the 1915 World’s Fair – FIRST – it truly is the inspiration of this glorious creation – and yes – like so many before me, as the song goes, I left my heart in San Francisco long ago. I strongly recommend this outstanding creation from December 2007, in 16.9 format and DTS sound Luke Bryant - Australia." Report Abuse
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