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Saturday, December 5, 2015 Permalink

The Nutcracker Connection

From the Houston Ballet production of The Nutcracker

 

 It may be the most popular ballet score ever written, but it almost didn’t happen. 

“If ever Tchaikovsky wrote an ill-starred work,” writes biographer Roland John Wiley, “it was The Nutcracker.  Had he known what miseries he would endure while writing it, he surely would have refused.”

But he didn’t— and from adversity created a beloved masterpiece.

In this hour, the story behind this perennial holiday classic.

Playlist

4:00pm
4:00pm
': Waltz of the Flowers BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:01pm
': Iolanta: Introduction BUY Gergiev - Gorchakova
Philips 442 796-2
4:02pm
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Marche Miniature BUY New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati.; Antal Dorati, conductor
Philips 454 253-2
4:05pm
': Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:08pm
': Iavnana BUY Kahaberi & Khanums
Kakhaber Tsiskaridze 0
4:09pm
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Caucasian Sketches no.2 - Berceuse BUY National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Arthur Fagen; Antal Dorati, conductor
Naxos 8.553405
4:10pm
': Arabian Dance BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:14pm
': Papillons - #12 Finale BUY Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion CDA67120
4:16pm
': Grandfather Dance BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:17pm
': Bon Voyage, Monsieur Dumollet Jean Francois Alexandre & Mathieu Lenestour
4:18pm
': Children's Galop BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:19pm
': Girofle, Girofla BUY Yves Montand
4:20pm
': Cadet Rousselle BUY Andr� Claveau and Math� Alt�ry
4:20pm
': Polchinelle (The Clown) BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:23pm
': March BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:26pm
': Miniature Overture BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:27pm
': Apotheosis BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:29pm
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Marche Miniature BUY New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati.; Antal Dorati, conductor
Philips 454 253-2
4:30pm
': Miniature Overture BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:34pm
': The Decoration of The Christmas Tree BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:38pm
': Waltz of the Snowflakes BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:45pm
': Waltz of the Flowers BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:46pm
': Dance of the Reed Pipes BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:49pm
': Trepak BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:51pm
': Waltz of the Flowers BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2
4:58pm
': Miniature Overture BUY Berlin Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov.
Philips 420 237-2

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