Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Marinsky Theatre [Blu-ray]

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Filmed in the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg where the ballet was first performed in 1892. The production, by world-renowned avant-garde artist Mikhail Shemiakin, is a more mature, "adult" version of The Nutcracker, highlighting many of the darker themes. The eye-catching costumes and scenery help create the surreal atmosphere. The dancing, led by Leonid Sarafanov and Irina Golub, is of the highest quality and displays the very distinctive and exacting qualities of the Mariinsky Theatre. Valery Gergiev conducts the complete, un-cut version of Tchaikovsky's most popular score. With an image up to six times sharper than conventional DVD and superior high-definition sound, Blu-Ray lets you watch opera and ballet performances from the front row of the theater. Experience every detail, no matter how small, in the highest quality possible. With five times the memory of standard DVDs, Blu-Ray is a completely new way to experience the theater at home.

Product Details

  • Actors: Irina Golub, Anton Adasinsky, Leonid Sarafanov
  • Directors: Mikhail Chemiakin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • ASIN: B001CZVVX2
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Customer Reviews

The Once and Future Nutcracker

5 people found this helpful.
 on September 30, 2014
By Jeff Wolf
It’s about time someone shook off the dust that has accumulated for a century on Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-filled Nutcracker and restored it to its colorful, magical self. Mihail Chemiakin’s production, choreographed by Kirill Simonov and conducted by Valery Gergiev in this 2007 performance, does just that and does it superbly, thanks to the artists of the Mariinsky Ballet and the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.

To those who believe who Russians never challenge traditions check …

 on April 17, 2017
By H. Justo
To those who believe who Russians never challenge traditions check this version of the Nutcracker. Quality video and audio fantastic

It’s Chemiakin’s Nutcracker

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2010
By Alex P.
This production of Nutcracker is about Michail Chemiakin. He is a prominent painter who was expelled from USSR and spent most of his career in the USA. Perestroika and collapse of the Soviet Union allow him to work in Russia. The whole ballet design in his style and it’s gorgeous.


One person found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2016
By Stephen Carr
This is the best performance of the Nutcracker I have ever seen!

A refreshingly new NUTCRACKER production

9 people found this helpful.
 on July 17, 2009
By Mr. John A. Coulson
Some say that the music of a country is best performed by artists in that country and this brilliant effort supports that view. The dancing, lavish and colourful sets, orchestral playing under maestro Gergiev, are all top notch. The choreography by Krill Simonov is new and different to that seen in most productions and this gives a freshness to the production. Quite a few dances are traditionally performed by solo artists but here are danced by two or three together. Many of the presentations have new, elaborate and effective staging with great effects. The music is very familiar to me and the overall result in 24 bit surround sound is both entertaining and musically satisfying. A 12 year old ballet student and her family looked at it with us and everyone voted it “great”. Thoroughly recommended.

Long Live the Nutcracker King

27 people found this helpful.
 on November 21, 2008
By Joseph L. Ponessa
On the second day of the year 2007, Valery Gergiev conducted another outstanding ballet program at the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg. Mihail Chemiakin’s 2001 production, with glorious sets and costumes reminiscent of Sendak, brings the action closer in plot and feeling to the original 1816 tale “Knussknacker und Mausekoenig” by ETA Hoffmann. The old chestnut comes to life again, with some new choreography by Kirili Simonov.

An absolute delight

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 16, 2010
By John Chandler
I cannot imagine a better Nutcracker than this. It is a delight from beginning to end. Wonderful sets, costumes, and superb dancing. The picture and sound quality are just wonderful. Do not hesitate. I personally prefer this to the recent San Francisco Blu ray but that is also pretty good but not as traditional as this production. I rate this as one of the best ballet discs in my collection.

Joy for the eyes (and ears)

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 5, 2012
By A. Davis
I suspect that this production may offend the purists in the genre, but for me an my family (including my wife and two small kids), this has been a favorite video of the late. Our 1.5 year old son, who would not stay longer than 15 minutes to watch a cartoon or a kid’s movie, will sit still for an hour and a half watching this performance. We have seen it dozens of times, and we still enjoy it. Again, as I said, this is not what one would consider a “classic” interpretation, and I am not surprised by pros finding flaws here and there, but this is what made the video more enjoyable. I think that the non-ballet part of it (the decorations, the costumes, character twists [e.g. Drosselmeyer’s character]) added some spice to the story and made the performance more interesting. Consider it ballet for the masses, or lumpen, if you will. Or look at it as more of a show than a ballet. If you haven’t seen it, check out the low-resolution version on YouTube (it was available at the time of writing; look for video 9ScVy8uVzWI). Chances are you may like it. If not you, then maybe your kids will.

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