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Romeo And Juliet (Previn)

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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Gemini
  • ASIN: B0002XV310
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Romeo
3. The Street Awakens
4. Morning Dance
5. The Quarrel
6. The Fight
7. The Prince Gives His Order
8. Interlude
9. Preparing for the Ball (Juliet and the Nurse)
10. Juliet As a Young Girl
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Nurse Gives Romeo the Note from Juliet
2. Juliet With Friar Laurence
3. Romeo With Friar Laurence
4. The People Continue to Make Merry
5. Folk Dance
6. Tybalt Meets Mercutio
7. Tybalt and Mercutio Fight
8. Mercutio Dies
9. Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio's Death
10. Finale
See all 26 tracks on this disc

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Ballet scores don't come any better than this. Prokofiev's score is an order of magnitude greater than Tchaikovsky's, and this classic version by Previn and the LSO does full justice to superlative music. It is intelligent, sensual and witty and offers outstanding value.

Prokofiev's score manages to match Shakespeare's drama in its intensity, complexity and economy. A notable feature of the play is its time compression. In the world of the play, all the action takes place in three or four days. In stage-time, this is reduced to a mere trice: 'the two-hour's traffic of our stage'. In Prokofiev's version, ideas come equally thick and fast - and enough of them to last most composers a lifetime. What's more, like the play, the ballet score is full of contrasts: ravishing harmonies one minute and equally delicious discords the next. Subtle undertones, like the threatening bass-line at the opening of No 19 (Balcony scene), do the job of Shakespearean double entendre - 'Ask for me tomorrow and you shall find me a grave man'.

Previn's LSO version is well able to cope with all these subtleties and contrasts. As well as the poetry, wit and violence of both play and score, Romeo and Juliet is also extremely coarse: witness the Nurse's vulgarities and the whole Elizabethan fixation with the bawdy and profane. The earthy raspberry in number 17 reflects this. Elsewhere, the Balcony scene (again) features an organ solo whose tones are distant, eerie and sepulchral, combining the ideas of marriage and funeral. The upper strings in No 35, meanwhile (Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio's death), convincingly evoke slashing swords. By such means does Previn bring us closer to the atmosphere of Shakespeare's play.

The notes tell us that the original recording was made in 1973. The digital remastering of 1987 has preserved the exuberance and vitality of an excellent recording. It may be a bit long in the tooth, but so is the woeful story of Juliet and her Romeo.
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By Sara N on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: MP3 Download
Don't buy the mp3 album as there are problems with some of the tracks (you can hear an example if you click on the preview of the second track on the second album). The first cd seemed fine, but the first five or six tracks on the second album have some electronic interference. I've told Amazon (15 Feb 2010) and they say they will be removing it from the site.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I wore out the cassette tape that I had of this recording, and so it was time to upgrade to CD. Just gorgeous. My favourite ballet score, in my favourite recording. Previn and the LSO in the 70's were magic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. E. Silcock on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was very excited about recieving this CD as I adore Prokofiev especially his famous "The Montagues and The Capulets". I was confused by the CD sleeve as it did not clearly identify which track was which tune as it listed them as scenes from the ballet - not helpful to someone who merely appreciates the music. Also the recording quality of the said track was not as I had hoped - it made a very magestic and extraordinary piece sound quite muted and average. If you want this album to appreciate the overall ballet, it is fine and will satisfy your wants. If you are looking for a CD you can sit and be entertained by - look elsewhere.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A very good Romeo and Juliet recording ~ 16 Dec. 2011
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is not the best recording out there in my opinion, or in the opinion of others, but it's a classic rendition from an outstanding composer. Much of the work from Prokofiev invites interpretation, but I'm glad to hear the London SO play very well and somewhat restrained in this piece.

There seems to be a lot of arguing about this version, but I believe it is a worthy version and mainly those who conduct, compose, play, or just listen to a ton of classical music would really find fault. For Johnny Everyman, this is a very good, complete recording. The audio quality is good, and the sound is clear and relatively free from static, background, noise, or fuzz.

Every person will have his or her own preference for a recording, but in my humble opinion, this is a safe bet. I listen to it consistently and I enjoy it.

Also check out the Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet recording for my personal favorite, though less technically perfect (more interpretive) recording.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
excellent choice for Romeo & Juliet 13 April 2006
By whoiskermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am writing mainly in response to Sarman (Sweden). I own the fforte edition and have played this many years on several systems. On Onkyo DR-UN7 dvd receiver driving Epos 22's, the sound is excellent, as it was using Panasonic dvd player, NAD amplifier, and Epos 11's. Previn is one of best interpreters of Prokofiev--after all, he is a Russian born in Berlin. I don't know who could call either the playing or the re-mastering "dull". The natural alternative is Gergiev, re-issued on Philips great 50 recordings at medium price. That is also quite good. I would avoid the others.
Lyrically graceful 3 Mar. 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Previn's interpretation leans heavily toward the romantic side of the story, the lyricism of Shakespeare's words and the impetuous love that starts the plot in motion. It's a beautifully graceful account, if not the most powerful.

John J. Puccio
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good recording 23 Feb. 2008
By M. Drumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a quality recording, both from a playing and recording standpoint. You can't beat it for the price!
8 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Decent interpretation marred by terrible intonation 6 April 2007
By A music student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had great difficulty restraining myself from turning this off when listening to it for the first time, because London does such a terrible job of being anywhere near in tune for much of it. Combined with many missed notes in the brass, messy passagework in the strings, and woodwind playing that seems intent on doing anything BUT creating any sort of phrase, it's doubtful this is worth even the small price Amazon has it listed for.

For a budget recording of this that's actually decent, I'd be much more inclined to buy Naxos' release of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine's version under Andrew Mogrelia.
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