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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (LSO / Gergiev)
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (LSO / Gergiev)
Price: £14.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion and Power, 12 April 2011
A real opportunity to hear the LSO in full voice under Gergiev - I'd seen the Youtube footage with LSO excerpts before I bought the recording and while you lose the images of Gergiev and the LSO players throwing themselves into the performance, the finished recording captures the energy you can see on screen.

I don't know much about the various versions of the ballet - I'd played a few movements here and there and there seem to be at least three suites from the full ballet. The selection here takes in all the well known favourites and throws in some little known movements to present a fuller version of the story which feels well paced to me.

The exuberant LSO sound is there for the big set pieces - Montagues and Capulets, Death of Tybalt - but the lesser known and more refelctive movements receive real care with some really special solo playing across the orchestra.

A great recording from a group of musicians who clearly enjoy what they do!

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