Includes: -Booklet Rosette Recording Penguin Stereo Guide Recorded at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London in January 1985. Music - Tchaikovsky Conductor - Gennady Rozhdestvensky The Scene is set in Nuremberg in the early ninteenth century. The story is about Drosselmeyer, a magical clockmaker and creator of mechanical toys. When he was employed in a royal palace, he invented a trap that killed off half the mouse population. In revenge, the wicked Queen of the mice cast a spell over Drosselmeyer's nephew and transformed him into an ugly Nutcracker doll. The only way to break the spell was for the Nutcracker to slay the Mouse King, thereby committing an act of great bravery, and for a young girl to love and care for him in spite of his awful apperance.