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This is a good example of classical ballet as the originators saw it. Peter Wright usually sticks to tradition in his productions, and you won't see "gimmicks" used that distract from it's originality. It is a live stage production from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, with an audience, but it is not a "noisy" stage, that is, you will hear the point shoes but they are not distracting. The British audiences are very restrained in their enthusiasm and do not interrupt the dances with applause.
Clara is danced by Alina Cojocaru, a perpetually young ballerina who is able to dance in the final act with her Nutcracker Prince, Ivan Petrov, and not just a spectator "guest" in the magic Kingdom of Sweets. The toymaker Drosselmeyer, is played by Anthony Dowell. The Sugar Plum Fairy is danced Meyako Yoshida, who is absolutely beautiful in her role. Her partner is Jonathan Cope, who partnered with Leanne Benjamin in the Royal Ballet production of The Firebird (another must have DVD)......Stravinsky - The Firebird & Les Noces / Royal Ballet.....Cope is very tall, and Yoshida is quite short, so, she is a diminutive little doll next to him. I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved her as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
As I said, the sets and costumes in this ballet are spectacular, the lighting perfect and the music magnificent. Need any more superlatives?Read more ›
Of course, any ballet stands or falls by its dancing and in this performance Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov as Clara and Hans-Peter are exemplary. Jonathan Cope is a wonderfully noble Prince. The whole production is a feast for the eye and comes as near to perfection as can be hoped for in this world. Sir Anthony Dowell plays Drosselmeyer and looks uncannily like Dame Ninette de Valois in his powdered wig! The sound quality is excellent. The disc also includes interviews with Dowell and the choreographer, Sir Peter Wright, and includes a fascinating demonstration and explanation of how the special effects are achieved. Buy it now!
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A beautifully staged and choreographed ballet, which I enjoy every Christmas season!Published 2 months ago by ambidextrtous1
Unique version with stellar dancing! Costumes and scenery really reflect English history!Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Lustig
my friend always borrowed me this CD . I had two other versions of this ballet but they weren't so well . Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by valeria de luigi
I enjoyed this DVD, yes there are some things that could have made it better, but mostly it was well danced and staged. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Bookworm
My kids loved this movie. It was there favorite version of the nutcracker. It did take awhile since they were out of stock but it was worth the wait.Published on January 15, 2014 by dem
It is an excellent production with almost all of the classical elements. The Sugar Plum Fairy is the epitome of a ballerina.Published on December 6, 2013 by Dee Cee
Of the three productions of The Nutcracker that I own on DVD, this production is by far the best! The scenery, the choreography, and the costumes are more in-line with how I would... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by MN Pilot
This cd is exactly like the one I saw on utube.
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