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Masterpiece of classical dance this Nutcracker is a magical version of the score by Tchaikovsky filmed at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Till its première in Saint-Petersbourg in 1892, The Nutcracker is one of the most successful classical ballet and Tchaikovsky‘s score has become one of his most famous compositions.
Yuri Grigorovich deals with Hoffmann’s fantastic imagery and takes ideas from the Marius Petipa’ scenario : battle of the mice, snowflakes flurry, characters dances executed by little doll that came to life…
The most talented soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet appear in this production as
Nina Kaptsova (Marie) and Artem Ovcharenko (the Nutcracker Prince) or Denis Savin (Drosselmeyer).
The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Pavel Klinichev.
Director: Vincent Bataillon
Length: 103 min - Image: couleur, 16/9 NTSC
Audio: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
R E V I E W:
Pavel Klinichev, cond; Nina Kaptsova (
); Artem Ovcharenko (
); Denis Savin (
); et al.; Bolshoi Ballet; Bolshoi Th O & Children’s Ch
BELAIR BAC 073 (DVD: 103:00); BAC 473 (Blu-ray: 103:00) Live: Moscow 12/2010
"The Bolshoi Ballet is celebrating the 85th birthday of choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, a subject of veneration in his homeland even though his talent outside Russia has always been questioned. In addition to such original works as
Ivan the Terrible
, Grigorovich has also attacked several 19th-century classics with limited success, of which his
is an example. It is difficult to know how much of Petipa and Ivanov’s choreography survives, as few versions are comparable, though one might assume that Balanchine comes close in many respects as do the versions that descend from Sergeyev’s notation. For some reason each of the character dances in the second act here is given to a couple, rather than varying between soloist, couple, or trio or larger group. The final
pas de deux
is—as usual in Soviet versions—disfigured by the use of a male corps that separates the dancers while hoisting them aloft for the music’s climax so that they are separated rather than joined in communion.
Within this framework, Nina Kaptsova and Artem Ovcharenko stand out for their enthusiasm and brilliance, while Denis Savin as Drosselmeyer is given far more dance movement than in other versions of the ballet. Pavel Klinichev and the Bolshoi Orchestra are entirely at home in this music, glowing throughout."
FANFARE: Joel Kasow
Works on This Recording
Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Written: 1891-1892; Russia
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