Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky (1840 – 1893)
The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Ballet in Three Acts
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971)
The Fairy’s Kiss
(Le baiser de la fée)
Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne
Dmitri Kitaienko, conductor
The Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne with its Conductor Laureate Dmitri Kitaienko proudly present magical music illustrating the story of Nutcracker and Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas.
A Nutcracker performance can hardly be more authentic than this – especially since the artists are presenting us here with the entire ballet, not merely the Suite (Op. 71a).
The ballet is complemented by the Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss by Stravinsky – composed in 1928 and arranged a number of times. It became world famous through the choreography by George Balanchine for the old New York Metropolitan Opera in 1937, later also for the City Center of Music and Drama as well as Lincoln Center, New York.