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This ballet may be Tchaikovsky's grandest achievement, The Nutcracker's eternal popularity notwithstanding.
And when in the hands (and feet!) of the Royal Ballet, whose superlative 1994 production has been taped for posterity,
the composer's singular genius for dance becomes palpable to even the most casual viewers.
With choreography by Marius Petipa (who updates Kenneth Macmillan's and Anthony Dowell's work from earlier stagings) and with Dowell's lovely production,
the Royal Ballet demonstrates yet again its preeminence in the world of ballet.
Viviana Durante dances the princess with otherworldly grace and fluidity, and her partner Zoltan Solymosi's prince is impossibly agile and equally graceful.
Dowell even contributes wonderful comic relief as the evil fairy.
Barry Wordsworth and the Royal Orchestra do Tchaikovsky's beautiful score, and the remarkable dancers, justice.
A ballet company at its considerable performing peak has been preserved for all. --Kevin Filipski
"A production to last into the next century", this Royal Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky's beloved fairy tale features an all-star cast.
Viviana Durante: Princess Aurora
Zoltan Solymosi: Prince Florimund
Anthony Dowell: Carabosse
Benazir Hussein: The Lilac Fairy
William Tuckett: King Florestan
Elizabeth McGorian: The Queen
David Drew: Court Chamberlain Cattabutte