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The Nutcracker - Bolshoi Ballet

The Nutcracker - Bolshoi Ballet

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TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker Pavel Klinichev, cond; Nina Kaptsova ( Marie ); Artem Ovcharenko ( Nutcracker Prince ); Denis Savin ( Drosselmeyer ); 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 Spartacus and Ivan the Terrible , Grigorovich has also attacked several 19th-century classics with limited success, of which his Nutcracker 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
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Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 24, 2012


  • UPC: 3760115300736


  • Catalog Number: BAC073


  • Label: BelAir Classiques


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


  • Conductor: Pavel Klinichev


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra


  • Performer: Klinichev, Kaptsova, Ovcharenko, Savin, Grigorovich