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Lawrence D. Devoe, May 2015

This new one has its share of great dancers with the nod going to the principals, Konovalova and Shishov, but their supporting colleagues turn in some mighty fine performances in the dances of the dream sequence. The present disc has plenty to offer and…remains an effectively carried out stage work that will please most fans of this cherished ballet. © 2015 Read complete review

James A. Altena
Fanfare, March 2015

Konovalova manages the remarkable feat of looking like an adolescent girl when in her nightgown, but a mature young woman in her tutu. For his part, Shishov is extremely handsome, with a fuller, more masculine figure than the lank or even wan one of many male ballet dancers, which gives him a more genuinely regal bearing and presence. All of the other dancers in supporting roles and solo turns likewise execute their parts with skill, and special compliments must be given to the corps de ballet for its uncommon unanimity and precision of action at every turn. On the musical side of matters, veteran ballet conductor Paul Connelly has matters well in hand. I recommend this release with unbounded enthusiasm; it’s an early candidate for the 2015 Want List. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Marc Haegeman
Classical Net, February 2015

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker (The) (Vienna State Opera, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) 718304
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Swan Lake (Vienna State Opera, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 717704

…these performances are enlivened by a sense of discovery and purpose, proving the artists not only relish the opportunities of drama and dance to the hilt, but also tackle the challenges with notable gusto. The ballerinas Olga Esina as Odette-Odile and Ludmilla Konovalova as Clara are equally magnificent in their roles.

Tchaikovsky sounds very well with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and both Paul Connelly and Alexander Ingram conduct with exemplary balletic flair. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review

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