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Valery Gergiev is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding musical figures of his generation. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he oversees the Kirov Orchestra, Ballet and Opera, has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Together with the ... Read more in Amazon's Gergiev Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000051YDI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - 1. IntroductionValery Gergiev 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 2. RomeoValery Gergiev 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 3. The street wakensValery Gergiev 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 4. Morning danceValery Gergiev 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 5. The quarrelValery Gergiev 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 6/7. The fight - The duke's commandValery Gergiev 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 8. InterludeValery Gergiev 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 9. At the Capulets' (Preparations for the ball)Valery Gergiev 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1 - 10. The young JulietValery Gergiev 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 11. Arrival of the guestsValery Gergiev 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 12. MasksValery Gergiev 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1 - 13. Dance Of The KnightsValery Gergiev 5:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 14. Juliet's variationValery Gergiev 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 15. MercutioValery Gergiev 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 16. MadrigalValery Gergiev 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 17. Tybalt recognizes RomeoValery Gergiev 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 18. GavotteValery Gergiev 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 19. Balcony sceneValery Gergiev 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 1 - 20/21. Romeo's variation - Love danceValery Gergiev 6:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 22. Folk danceValery Gergiev 3:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 23. Romeo and MercutioValery Gergiev 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 24. Dance of the five couplesValery Gergiev 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 25. Dance with mandolinsValery Gergiev 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 26. NurseValery Gergiev 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 27. The nurse and RomeoValery Gergiev0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 28. Romeo at friar Laurence'sValery Gergiev 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 29. Juliet at friar Laurence'sValery Gergiev 3:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 30. Public merrymakingValery Gergiev 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 31. Further public festivitiesValery Gergiev 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 32. Meeting of Tybalt and MercutioValery Gergiev 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 33. The duelValery Gergiev 1:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 34. Death of MercutioValery Gergiev 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 2 - 35/36. Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio - FinaleValery Gergiev 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 37/38. Introduction - Romeo and JulietValery Gergiev 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 39. Romeo bids Juliet farewellValery Gergiev 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 40. NurseValery Gergiev 1:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 41. Juliet refuses to marry ParisValery Gergiev 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 42/43. Juliet alone - InterludeValery Gergiev 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 44/45. At friar Laurence's cell - InterludeValery Gergiev 6:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 46. Juliet's roomValery Gergiev 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 47. Juliet aloneValery Gergiev 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 48. AubadeValery Gergiev 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 49. Dance of the girls with liliesValery Gergiev 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 3 - 50. At Juliet's bedsideValery Gergiev 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 4 - 51. Juliet's funeralValery Gergiev 7:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 - Act 4 - 52. Juliet's deathValery Gergiev 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 27 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
In his score for Romeo and Juliet Prokofiev is on top form. Here we see him triumphant after dealing with his own personnal battles. His modernist musical impulses were at odds with his desire to return, after self imposed exile, to Russia. Here he find resolution by giving late romanticism an early modern bite, with a profusion of fine tunes. What to compare it with? Well Imagine that Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf' is his children's cartoon: this is his full lenght film epic.
What could be more appropriate than to hear a performance by one of Russia's great Ballet Orchestras? There is also some irony, as this Ballet company rejected Prokofiev's proposed Ballet in 1934. The 1990 orchesta aquit themselves well. The ballet is presented as it is danced. This has lead some critics to complain that there is less depth of interpreation that in some other recordings. What is true is that there is no added weight of interpretation here to make up for the lack of the visual spectacle of the dancers.
I find that this approach works well. This is a thoroughly romantic performance with an added edge of Russian grit. The sound is good, but perhaps a little shrill in the upper registers. A few instruments are partly muted the mix: for example the mandolins in the Dance With Mandolins, Disc 1 Track 23. However it is a satisfying sound overall.
The uncompromisingly balletic approach works excellently from Act 1 Scene 2 to Act 3 scene 2. However it is a little less satisfying at either end of the Ballet, most tellingly at its conclusion. At this point, which culminates in Juliet's death, a greater emotional palette would have been appropriate. As it is the last few scenes have an oddly stoney faced resilience to them, almost an out of place truimphalism.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang on 4 Feb. 2014
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I do believe this version of this music would be very good, but I am not sure is the CD a legal published one...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
this is the one to get 31 Jan. 2003
By drollere - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i've heard several recordings of prokofiev's most famous and most delightful ballet, and this is by far my favorite. unlike the usual "concert" approach to this score (maazel, ozawa, thomas), which emphasizes the dramatic narrative and treats the music as a massive tone poem, gergiev and his orchestra infuse the music with an irresistible dance energy, exactly as it would be played in a ballet performance. i often found myself tapping my foot or whistling along with the music, carried away by the spirit. the recorded sound is crisp and clear, and the orchestral playing is superb. absolutely enjoyable, start to finish. (a single cd release of excerpts from this two cd recording is also available from philips.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An all-but-definitive Romeo and Juliet 12 Mar. 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Valery Gergiev has in common with Bernstein that his charisma was recognized the moment he stepped on the podium, and it's no wonder that he became a superstar in the post-Soviet era. Having just reviewed Gergiev's recent Romeo and Juliet with the London Sym., I returned to this early version with the Kirov Orch. from 1990. Both are superlative, but the younger Gergiev had a more natural way with the score and was less prone to making a show piece of every number. Playing Prokofiev's complete ballet score was rare in the West. I attended a riveting performance by Gergiev and the Kirov, and the program notes said that the complete score had never before been played in Carnegie Hall.

What stands out about this reading is that Gergiev, an extremely intelligent thinker about the long line, handles the rise and fall of the ballet so that it doesn't peak too early, doesn't turn cloying, and never exhausts the listener (he's spoken to all these points in interviews, although the subject was Mahler). Each number is exciting, but it takes its place in a very satisfying overall scheme. No other reading that I know of is so successful on that front, not even Gergiev's remake. Prokofiev's music is scintillating, and it never lets up, but Gergiev balances the lesser climaxes with the greater ones. I apologize for sounding so abstract when the score is luscious, romantic, and swooningly gorgeous. Yet I think anyone who listens for it will notice how beautifully Gergiev has structured the performance. It's welcome in both his readings that he avoids vulgarity and luridness, always a temptation in this crowd-pleasing music.

I used to complain that the sound from Philips, as recorded in St. Petersburg, was a bit rough and coarse. The latest remstering has taken care of that, but you won't mistake the recording as a sonic blockbuster. It doesn't need to be. On its own, this is an early indication that Gergiev deserves his superstar status.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A close to perfect performance 22 Jan. 2012
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet

Valery Gergiev
Kirov Orchestra, Leningrad

(Philips - complete ballet on 2 CD's - DDD + remastered)

I have had the original CD version of this great performance for many years and am pleased that they have now released it in a 24-bit transfer, which no doubt will make it even more special. This is a spectacular performance and I highly recommend it to you. This version deserves a Sixth Star!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superlative achievement! 23 Sept. 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With this outstanding work, Prokoviev faithfully reaches the synthesis between the brilliant dryness of his first Op. and the overwhelming poetical feature that now besieges instances more lyrically relaxed. This impressive kaleidoscopic range that allowed him to cross over with fluidity about the evocation of the scenes as a whole such the party in the house of the Capuletos , Verona's carnival that really implies a lyrical focus that accompanies the secret encounters of both protagonists that demands an instrumental decorative righteousness to this cantabile line bathed in melancholy.

It would be said that no other composer in the past captured with such incisive, demolishing expressiveness and clear-sighted poignancy, the most devastating tragedy of the literature.

Prokoviev's compositional powers and his overpowering imagination could express and depict with admirable detail the entire spirit of these young lovers who had everything to be happy; but as all of us are aware Shakespeare remarks over and over the impossibility to achieve the bliss in the western world, like the Guinevere's forbidden love.

The performance given by Valery Gergiev (August 1990)is splendid and memorable. He and his orchestra devoted themselves with astounding fruition, dynamism, mesmerizing flair and steeled conviction the minimum facets of this extraordinary ballet.

I must say that I really got yesterday afternoon this memorable recording and I have to subscribe my unison admiration by such artistic feat.

It's absolutely impossible for you my dear reader not to get this sumptuous and amazing register. The format, marvelous sound and the information contained in the booklet make of this double album a gratifying and successful version,

Unmissable.
Superb!! 2 April 2014
By Hilliard Arrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev is performed wonderfully by the Kirov Orchestra in St. Petersburg. I really loved No. 13, 46-52. Great music!!
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