Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suites - Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty

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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.