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|2. Military music|
|4. The Palace Ball|
|5. Story of Horatio and the Ghost|
|6. The Ball|
|7. The Ghost|
|8. Hamlet's Parting from Ophelia|
|9. Palace music|
|10. Arrival of the Players|
|11. Monologue (What a rogue and peasant slave)|
|12. Hamlet's Monologue (To be or not to be)|
|13. Royal Fanfare|
|14. In the Garden|
|15. Booth Fanfare|
|16. Poisoning Scene|
|17. The Flutes Play|
|18. Ophelia's Descent into Madness (Song of Ophelia)|
|19. Ophelia's Insanity|
|20. Death of Ophelia|
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Dmitry Yablonsky conducts the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, a group that has been coming on strong in recent times; Yablonsky is their Principal Conductor and he certainly gets all one could ask for from them. The playing is alert and flexible, musical and suave, spooky and exciting. In the spooky passages (and there are some moments of real frisson in the scene with Hamlet's Father's ghost) I was actually made to feel eerily unsettled.
Some highlights of the score: The Ghost, The Ball, Arrival of the Players, Monologue ('What a rogue and peasant slave'), Monologue ('To be or not to be'), In the Garden, Death of Ophelia, and 'The Duel - Death of Hamlet - Hamlet's Funeral.' The latter is an emotionally evocative 7-minute tone poem that could stand on its own.
This CD also has a release on SACD which I have not heard. But on this plain vanilla CD the sound is demonstration quality, so I can only imagine what it must be like with surround sound.