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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet [download]

    1. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XIII, Dance of the Knights
    2. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXV, Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio's Death
  • Catalogue Number LSO0682
    UPC 822231168225

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

    Recorded live in DSD November 2008, Barbican, London

    Formats

    Stereo FLAC 24 bit 96 kHz
    Stereo MP3 320 kbps

    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Disc of the Year
    Best Orchestral Recording

    'For the LSO to win our prestigious Disc of the Year award is testament to the orchestra's continuing brilliance under Valery Gergiev. Hearing this score 'live' gives this music extra frisson, almost as if we were joining the audience for the performance.'
    BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

    Editor's Choice 'Gergiev is in his element ... A winner.'
    Gramophone

    Editor's Choice 'This marvellously dance-infused performance of the complete score by Valery Gergiev and a devilishly on-form LSO is an essential item. Rarely has Prokofiev's score sounded so orchestrally powerful. The LSO brings the passion back to Prokofiev's star-crossed lovers.' Classic FM Magazine

    CD of the Week ‘This is music in which Gergiev has few peers today ... he brings an epic, symphonic and dramatic integrity to its vast, multifaceted canvas ... his London forces respond to Gergiev’s often hair-raising volatility with some of their most dynamic playing – the death of Tybalt has rarely sounded more coruscating in its raw depiction of Lady Capulet’s grief. Juliet’s early music positively scampers with youthful delicacy and grace, and the love music shimmers with a rapt beauty ... the entire performance carries an inevitable tragic momentum.’ Sunday Times

    Choice of the Month – Orchestral
    BBC Music Magazine

    Clef de ResMusica ResMusica

    Best Modern Recording
    BBC Radio 3 Building a Library

    Edward Watson’s Record I Couldn’t Live Without
    ‘The Balcony Scene feels like the soundtrack to my life.’ Gramophone

    ‘One could be forgiven for thinking that the LSO is Russian, such is the passion and energy with which it attacks Prokofiev’s score. The brass playing is superb ... the woodwind team is on fine form ... the LSO powerhouse strings are quite magnificent throughout. Gergiev’s new version is hard to beat.’ International Record Review

    ***** 'Gergiev has courageously taken the complete score out of the ballet theater and into the concert hall, to make the music-drama stand on its own orchestrally as with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. The live recording is sensational in its realism.' Audiophile Audition (US)

    ***** The Australian

    ***** Mail on Sunday

    Performance ***** Sound ***** ‘Der akustisch vorzügliche Mehrkanal-Mitschnitt dieser beiden Konzerte unterstreicht eindringlich die historische Dringlichkeit dieser Aktion. Denn trotz 140 Minuten Dauer entpuppt sich das abendfüllende Opus als Feuerwerk kurzweiligster musikalischer Attraktionen, die einen in 52 Szenen Prokofjews unerschöpflichen musikalischen Einfallsreichtum um die Ohren schlagen.' Fono Forum

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Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra


Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has a strong claim to being the greatest ballet. Not only does it contain much of the composer’s finest and most instantly appealing music, it is also considered one of the most exceptional musical realisations of Shakespeare.


Composer   Prokofiev
Conductor   Valery Gergiev
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
Disc 1
1. Romeo & Juliet : Scene I, Introduction
2. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene II, Romeo
3. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene III, the Street Awakens
4. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene IV, Morning Dance
5. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene V, the Quarrel
6. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene VI, the Fight
7. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene VII, the Duke's Command
8. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene VIII, Interlude
9. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene IX, Preparations for the Ball
10. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene X, Juliet the Young Girl
11. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XI, Arrival of the Guests
12. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XII, Masks
13. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XIII, Dance of the Knights
14. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XIV, Juliet's Varation
15. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XV, Mercutio
16. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XVI, Madrigal
17. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XVII, Tybalt Recognizes Romeo
18. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XVIII, Gavotte
19. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XIX, Balcony Scene
20. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XX, Romeo's Variation
21. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XXI, Romeo and Juliet's Love Dance
22. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXII, Folk Dance
23. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXIII, Romeo and Mercutio
24. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXIV, Dance of the Five Couples

Disc 2
1. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXV, Dance With Mandolins
2. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXVI, the Nurse
3. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXVII, the Nurse Delivers Juliet's Letter to Romeo
4. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXVIII, Romeo At Friar Laurence's
5. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXIX, Juliet At Friar Laurence's
6. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXX, the People Continue to Make Merry
7. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXI, Further Public Festivities
8. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXII, Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio
9. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXIII, Tybalt and Mercutio Fight
10. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXIV, Death of Mercutio
11. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXV, Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio's Death
12. Romeo & Juliet : Act II, Scene XXXVI, Finale
13. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XXXVII, Introduction
14. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XXXVIII, Romeo and Juliet
15. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XXXIX, the Last Farewell
16. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XL, the Nurse
17. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLI, Juliet Refuses to Marry Paris
18. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLII, Juliet Alone
19. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLIII, Interlude
20. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLIV, At Friar Laurence's Cell
21. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLV, Interlude
22. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLVI, Juliet's Bedroom
23. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLVII, Juliet Alone
24. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLVIII, Aubade
25. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene XLIX, Dance of the Young Girls With Lilies
26. Romeo & Juliet : Act III, Scene L, At Juliet's Bedside

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