Nutcracker DVDs

This is my favorite DVD of the Nutcracker.

This is a puppet version of the Nutcracker. I like the Jim Gamble puppet videos. However, this one is something I put in the category of “If I need a sub…” I would rather show the students the ballet version.

This one is a very interesting version. It’s based on the original story by E.T.A. Hoffman, which Tchaikovsky altered for his ballet. It has images from Maurice Sendak’s book of the story.


This is a good one (this one is a VHS) – with Wynton Marsalis explaining rhythm to a group of students at Tanglewood. There are two orchestras: a conventional one and a jazz orchestra. They compare versions of The Nutcracker – the Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington versions.

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