The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (op. 71).
Tchaikovsky’s score has become one of his most famous compositions, in particular the pieces featured in the suite. Among other things, the score is noted for its use of the celesta, an instrument that the composer had already employed in his much lesser known symphonic ballad The Voyevoda.
This particular performance is “faithful” to the classical approach which is also connected to Christmas through “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” story.
Written in 1816 by German author E. T. A. Hoffmann, in which young Marie Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.
Zip Includes both mp3 and wav formats, as presented in preview:
▲ 1st. (2:04) – Complete Track.
▲ 2nd. (0:41) – Short Version.
▲ 3rd. (0:09) – Finale Hit. (Helpful on project ending syncs)