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Jenny Agutter, honored for her television, stage, and film work, narrates the tale of young lovers, a sinister inventor, and his near-lifelike doll, all at the heart of the famous ballet derived from works by E. T. A. Hoffman. Symphonic selections from the comic opera score by Léo Delibes provide an engaging soundtrack, enhancing Agutter’s delicate exploration of how Swanhilde’s doubts encourage Franz’s infatuation with Dr. Coppelius’ creation, leading to the girl having to trick the doctor who has imperiled Franz in order to arrive at the happy ending, a wedding.
This is a story from the Ballet Stories collection.
The magic of ballet is evoked in these enchanting stories presented with many musical excerpts from the works themselves. Jenny Agutter, who before turning to acting was a dancer, presents the stories of two French ballets - Giselle and Coppelia - and the three great ballets by Tchaikovsky, in engaging style.
These are tales of princes and princesses, of good fairies and bad witches, and, in Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the brave soldier and Clara - but does it happen, or is it a dream?
And there is the music - the lovely melody from Swan Lake, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the waltzes and richly atmospheric passages painting, in sound, castles, forests, mists and lakes.
A perfect introduction to the ballet.
"The lively text is rich with detail and imagery." ( AudioFile)