Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky's three classic ballets are at the very core of his output, combining his unsurpassed melodic gifts, sparkling orchestration and a real sense of theatrical magic. Nothing better captures the fairy-tale works of childhood innocence than The Nutcracker, probably the best-known ballet in the world.
Vienna Philharmonic / Herbert von Karajan
1-6. Swan Lake
The origins of Swan Lake go back to the summer of 1871, when Tchaikovsky composed a series of miniatures for his sister's children to dance to. Four years later he was commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre to compose a full length ballet using the same story.
7-14. The Nutcracker - Concert Suite from the ballet
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker is a ballet for a certain time of year. It's charmed Christmas audiences over the years with its range of gorgeous music and romantic imagery.
15-19. The Sleeping Beauty - Highlights
The premiere of The Sleeping Beauty drew the widest praise from critics and audience alike, especially the work's scoring and 'symphonic' boldness.