I've had a long tradition of seeing and/or listening to the full Nutcracker Ballet every year around this time. I've always been partial to the glorious and detailed performance conducted by Previn on Angel (LP). In recent years I've been riveted by the energy and excitement of Gergiev's performance (CD). This year, for a switch, I returned to Dorati's performance with the Concertgebouw (LP), which I've not listed to for years, and which never moved me. I recently added a Naim Prefix phono-pre to my Linn LP12, so I was very excited to hear this on my new rig. I was left as unengaged as before. Anybody have any insight into this recording, or am I just not hearing something? And I'm curious what others think of the Rattle performance, or others I've not bothered to consider.