Release Date:

Nov 2020


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Sound Format:

LPCM 2.0 Mono





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Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (The Royal Ballet)

Leslie Edwards (Dr Stahlbaum); Betty Kavanagh (Frau Stahlbaum); Rudolf Nureyev (Herr Drosselmeyer/The Prince); Merle Park (Clara); Keith Martin (Fritz); Ann Jenner (Louisa); Wayne Sleep (The Nutcracker);

Explore the dreamlike world of Rudolf Nureyev’s interpretation of The Nutcracker. In his imaginative retelling of a 19th-century classic, the young Clara is propelled by dark forces from the realm of childhood into a radiant kingdom where she takes centre stage. With a striking psychoanalytic dimension to the traditional festive favourite, Clara’s surreal journey becomes an allegory for the hopes and dreams of a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, her transformation evoked by the whirling snowflakes and glittering sugar of Tchaikovsky’s famous score.

This 1968 recording is a golden opportunity to watch a great historical performance from The Royal Ballet featuring the illustrious pairing of Rudolf Nureyev and Merle Park in a scintillating display of virtuosity.

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