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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, January 2018

…this is a good Saturday afternoon matinee performance using mostly second string performers who are more than capable of dancing this show designed for families. Kids might get a little bored, but on the whole it is colorful and interesting, if not particularly exciting. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2017

This New York City Ballet production has been revived annually for more than 60 years and it’s easy to see its appeal. Balanchine’s inventive choreography, high production standards and expert performances from both principals and the corps de ballet make this a recorded performance to treasure—and not just at Christmas. © 2017 MusicWeb International

Rob Maynard
MusicWeb International, December 2016

The company’s orchestra and its conductor…perform the score entirely idiomatically and with close attention to the dancers’ practical requirements.

[Clotilde Otranto’s] conducting benefits enormously from the fact that, before taking her place in the conductor’s podium at Miami City Ballet (2000–2006) and NYCB, she was once a Principal Dancer herself at São Paulo’s Teatro Municipal. On the evidence of this Nutcracker performance, that background makes her particularly appreciative of and alert to the practical needs of the dancers on stage. All in all, she makes a fine job of leading the orchestra in this performance and certainly deserves more than the printed anonymity to which the disc’s unhelpful packaging condemns her. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rad Bennett
RadsReferenceReviews, December 2016

In 1954, George Balanchine and the New York City Opera were chief among the pioneering groups that made The Nutcracker a holiday favorite now danced by every company in the land during December. The film released this year by the C Major label is the 2011 production and it’s a beauty from beginning to end. The party in the first act is festive, the transformation scene, with its tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet, is magical, as is the rest of the production up to the end which finds Marie and her prince transported to the stars in a reindeer pulled sleigh. The dancing is first rate throughout and the orchestra plays admirably well, led by maestra Clotilde Otranto, who chooses fairly brisk tempos throughout. These never seem rushed nor do they seem to pose any problems for the dancers. Overall this is a five star production with state of the arts video and audio reproduction. Not to be missed. © 2016 RadsReferenceReviews Read complete review

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