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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, ballet. Choreography by Vasily Medvedev & Yuri Burlaka after the historical version by Marius Petipa & Lev Ivanov / Iana Salenko, Marian Walter [DVD]

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The "Nutcracker" remains one of the most popular ballets ever with Tchaikovsky's luscious score annotating the fantasy and enchantment of the tale. Vasily Medvedev and Yuri Burlaka, two Russian choreographers have developed a version for the Staatsballett Berlin which is based on the historic stage designs and choreography from the original of 1892. This glittering production was designed as a reproduction of the great ballet féerie, an older form of French theater which includes opulent scenery and mechanically worked stage effects. With the Orchestra of the Deutsch Opera, Berlin conducted by Robert Reimer. Available in DVD.

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Run Time: 113 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,


Excellent performance
On this new DVD from Belair Tchaikovsky's beloved "Nutcracker" ballet receives a splendid performance from the Berlin State Ballet Company with Marian Walter as the Prince and Iana Selenko as Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The orchestra plays well under its conductor Robert Reimer, the dancing is excellent, the scenery is good, though I am sure that it would have been even more lavish if more had been spent on it, and the audience was well-behaved. I have only one minor criticism: I find it odd that Iana Selenko performed the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy without a change of costume from her role as Clara. I suppose that there is no reason why Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy should not be danced by the same protagonist, but the sudden appearance of Iana Selenko, still dressed as Clara but now dancing to the music that always accompanies the Sugar Plum Fairy, was initially confusing. If this strange anomaly doesn’t put you off, the rest of the performance should give you much pleasure.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 12/18/15 by Ted Wilks 
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