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Paavo Järvi’s outstanding reputation makes him one of the most sought-after conductors on the international stage. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music before moving to the USA in 1980, where he continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B0000DG01J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1: Folk Dance 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 1: Death of Tybalt 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2: The Child Juliet 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2: Friar Laurence 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2: Dance 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2: Dance of the Antilles Girls 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2: Romeo at the Grave of Juliet 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: Romeo at the Fountain 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: Morning Dance 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: Juliet 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: The Nurse 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: Aubade (Morning Serenade) 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 3: The Death of Juliet 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony T. Hill on 24 Aug. 2009
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At long last it appears that at least some record companies are taking advantage of modern recording techniques such as DSD recording to provide the listener with significant improvements in the quality of the listening experience now available to music lovers. This recording is an example of what can now be technically achieved. Large dynamic range coupled to wide frequency response provide the listener with what has been missing since the advent of CDs; the results are startling.

Turning to the artistic merits of the recording I have some personal reservations. For my own taste I found the interpretaion to be somewhat clinical and lacking in real red-blooded emotion that one expects for this music. It is certainly inferior to the now old version produced by Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra some time ago - what a pity DSD recording wasn't about then.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Nunn on 17 Jan. 2012
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Crikey, I am having mediator fantasies, being the 4 between a 3 and a 5 star review.

To be honest I can see both points of view ... this performance wouldn't rank as anything near over the top. Certainly the violinists don't cane their bows, but I'm totally OK with this. I like that, in this performance, it's possible to absorb the detail of Prokofiev's amazing ballet (in suite form of course).

This relatively more subdued performance is helped inordinately by a very dry acoustic. In 5.1 this works very well, and certainly in technical terms this is one of Telarc's better efforts, beautifully balanced. However, in stereo (both CD and SACD) it's not so great. For some reason the stereo mix does lack a bit of power/punch. Given that power and punch certainly have a place in this work, that is a tad problematic.

Still, if you're after an SACD of Romeo and Juliet, I think it's quite likely you'll find this is (currently) the best of the lot. Jarvi handles the tempi really well - he keeps control of any tendency to accelerate/rush into the more dramatic/passionate pieces, but he doesn't linger either ... he doesn't drag out the more reflexive sections.

I am not sure I could answer the question 'is this primarily a horizontal or vertical account?' I really don't know. It strikes me that it is essentially a very balanced account. What it perhaps occasionally slightly underplays in terms of expressive possibilities is, I think, compensated by detail.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2005
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This magnificent score it treated equally magnificent in this performance. Jarvi sees it more as an orchestral showpiece, and Cincinnati players are enjoying themselves enormously. They tackle with great ease even the most demanding virtuosic passages, while never sticking out of the whole in some impressive tutti sections. Every time when Prokofiev enters the full strings, the sound lifts off emotions to fantastic heights. Jarvi has an incredible ear for detail, and the recording is equally transparent, even the quietest solo instruments far in the background are audible as much as they should be.
I was impressed by the strings, violins in particular. They sound sweet, bursting with passion and emotions, but never overblown or sentimental. In the scenes with Romeo and Juliet they are light and transparent, and can mourn in tragedy and devastation at the opening of "Romeo at the Grave of Juliet", while the brass instruments sound menacing. I would prefer more weight at "Death of Tybalt", but that's just a really minor complaint, compensated more than enough with the dynamic outburst at the very end of that number.
This disc is a great joy to listen to. Jarvi is sensible to every mood change, his tempos are well judged and rhythmic pulse steady. The orchestra is not just responsive, but totally committed to light and shade every single note or passage. Fast music is playfully furious, happy episodes burst with joy and sad moments are devastating. The recording captures all those qualities in their full glory, as customary with Telarc. I'm not sure that this kind of approach would necessary work as good in the theatre with the ballet dancers on the stage, but as a concert piece and orchestral showpiece it's a stunner.
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One call this 'ballet music' because it was written to be danced to, but Prokofiev has here written a tone poem that can stand alongside any other ever written by anyone. The full-length ballet is probably better for purists, but this recording, of the three orchestral suites fashioned from the full-length music makes for better listening. This recording is excellent wth both the drama and the lyricism of the work being paid full attention. Listen to it and marvel at Prokofiev's brilliance, brought to life by a superb recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite sound 3 Oct. 2008
By Stephen J. Willson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This release is sonically wonderful. The instruments all sound clear and there is striking ambience. The performance is very sensitive and lively. The suites comprise about half the music of the ballet in terms of running time, but when repetitions during the ballet are considered, this disk contains most of the important music. I purchased the disk in part because Classics Today rated it 9 out of 10 for performance and 10 out of 10 for quality of sound. I have not been disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It just misses out 30 April 2006
By Bryan Leech - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't disagree more with another reviewer who must have had cotton-wool in his ears. The sound engineering of this exquisite performance is superb, but for one point. I was struck by the excellent clarity and superb balance between solo instruments and between the instrumental sections. The clarity of sound is up with the best Telarc has given. But there is one flaw. I don't know whether the balance engineer went to sleep for the first few tracks, but the entire string section is huddled over to the left. Things improve later, matching in well with the remainder of the orchestra which is (positionally) well balanced. Balance in the sense of relative volume of the instruments is good throughout. And as for the actual performance, I think it is one of the best I have heard, and I have decided to put up with the mis-placed strings in the early tracks and buy the release: you don't get such a combination of quality in both music and sound (with the one caveat) often enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As good a choice in this music as most any around 5 Jun. 2014
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prokofiev completed his ballet in 1935, but it hardly met with instant success. The Bolshoi rejected it as too difficult to dance to, and Prokofiev presented the first two suites from the work in public before premiering the ballet itself, which didn't get an official performance until 1940. In 1946 the composer gleaned a third suite of music from the complete work, and Telarc give us all three suites on the present disc.

Since Prokofiev intended this particular music to be highly descriptive, the composer taking us carefully through Shakespeare's play practically scene by scene, he opens the score to a wide range of interpretation. I thought Jarvi sometimes seemed a bit too rushed, as in the episodes describing the young Juliet, but one can understand Jarvi's intention in showing us a very youthful, high-spirited, and perhaps immature girl. Mainly, though, Jarvi keeps his attention focused on the music and clearly establishes the nature of each character and each event.

I've always thought Suite No. 2 contained the best music, with No. 3 something of an afterthought, but Jarvi gives each piece the concentration it deserves. The only real problem is trying to follow the storyline when the suites sort of jumble up the plot events. Still, it's the music that counts, and Jarvi does well enough to convey the score's color, grace, and excitement.

The Telarc engineers recorded the music in November 2002 and February 2003 in the Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio. They appear to get some of their best sound out of the Cincinnati players, whether it's the Symphony Orchestra or its counterpart Pops ensemble, and this disc is no exception. I admit there is a degree more hall haze and bass resonance than in many of Erich Kunzel's pop-classical recordings for Telarc and consequently a little less definition, but Telarc nonetheless afford Jarvi some decent acoustics. While the bass sounds especially prominent, as it should sound in things like the "Dance of the Knights," "Montagues and Capulets," and the big death scenes, the subtler sequences are notable, too, particularly for their quiet moments. The sound is closer to that of a live, resonant musical experience than it is to typically ultra-clear audiophile-type sonics, and as such it's fine.

With all-around good performances and attractive concert-hall sound, this one makes an easy recommendation, if maybe not quite a first choice.

John J. Puccio
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
To my ears, a shrill sound in the string section 7 May 2010
By Charles Foster Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am listening to this recording as I type this review. I had to adjust the volume down because I find the sound of the strings in fortissimo to be a bit shrill. The performance is fine, but the recording quality is a touch harsh to my ears. I am listening on good equipment: McIntosh C2200 tubed pre-amp, MC352 power amp, and a Marantz SA-11S1 Super Audio CD player, through Sonus Faber speakers and a Mac sub-woofer. I normally like Telarc recordings, and I like this one as well to a point, but I vastly prefer the sound on the Leinsdorf, Erich / Los Angeles Philharmonic Sheffield Lab recording of 1978. I think this Telarc disc could use a touch of "warming" to reduce some of the harshness in the upper strings. I see it is no longer in print, and no longer available new, so it had a very short shelf life.
10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Big Disappointment 7 Oct. 2004
By William Patry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a number of other versions of Romeo and Juliet and bought this one for the novelty of the DSD direct recording. I wish I hadn't. The problem isn't with the new format, but more fundamentally with the mix. The mid-range is muffled, when one can hear it at all. This lamentable defect is all the more striking by the clarity of the percussion and violins. Those wishing a good SACD/DVD audio recording are advised to pass; there are too many great straight CD recordings already available to waste your money on this.
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