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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

BBC Proms, 1981

Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky BBC Proms, 1981


Is Gennadi Rozhdestvensky the greatest ever conductor of ballet scores? His recordings of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake for the notorious Soviet label Melodiya suggest as much: even if time has moved on in terms of sonic sophistication, the pacing and the proportions between dance numbers still seem perfect. And if on this programme you watch the camera move to the conductor half-way through the Arabian Dance from the second act of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, the elaborate hand choreography suggests that he might have been one of the greatest dancers, too, if only that expressive eloquence had been granted to the legs and the rest of the body.

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  • Mikhail Glinka, Ruslan and Lyudmila
    • Overture
  • Mikhail Glinka, A life for the tsar
    • Waltz
    • Mazurka
    • Krakowiak
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker
    • Act II, No. 10: The Enchanted Palace of the Kingdom of Sweets
    • Act II, No. 11: Arrival of Clara and the Nutcracker
    • Act II, No. 12a: Chocolate (Spanish Dance)
    • Act II, No. 12b: Coffee (Arabian Dance)
    • Act II, No. 12c: Tea (Chinese Dance)
    • Act II, No. 12d: Trepak (Russian Dance)
    • Act II, No. 12e: Dance of the Reed-pipes
    • Act II, No. 12f: Mother Gigogne and the Clowns
    • Act II, No. 13 & 14: Waltz of the Flowers – The Prince and the Sugar-Plum Fairy
    • Act II: Intrada
    • Act II: Var 1 – Tarantella
    • Act II: Var 2 – Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
    • Act II: Coda
    • Act II, No. 15: Final Waltz and Apotheosis


  • Venue: Royal Albert Hall (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 14/08/1981, 27/07/1981
  • Duration: 1 h 05 min
  • Production: © BBC Worldwide Limited, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd
  • Available version(s): EN


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