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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough For Me
Don't really care about the lack of notes. I'll be listening to the music through my iPod as I've bought it as a MP3. It was quite expensive nevertheless. I don't think you can get a perfect listening experience whatever the circumstances. I can listen to music as an abstract experience without knowing what the music is all about though who can know everything where art...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Five-Star music, performance and recording, utterly ruined by cheap presentation by Decca
This bargain boxed set contains six of Prokofiev's operas, (War and Peace, The Love of Three Oranges, The Gambler, Betrothal in a Monastery, Semyon Kotko and The Fiery Angel)and having listened my way through the whole box over the past few weeks, I must say I cannot fault the singing, the playing or the recording. Were there more interest in Prokofiev as a composer these...
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48 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Five-Star music, performance and recording, utterly ruined by cheap presentation by Decca, 11 May 2010
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This review is from: Prokofiev: 6 Operas (Decca Collectors Edition) (Audio CD)
This bargain boxed set contains six of Prokofiev's operas, (War and Peace, The Love of Three Oranges, The Gambler, Betrothal in a Monastery, Semyon Kotko and The Fiery Angel)and having listened my way through the whole box over the past few weeks, I must say I cannot fault the singing, the playing or the recording. Were there more interest in Prokofiev as a composer these days, then surely Gergiev's project to record them would rank as one of the milestones in recording history. We should be immensely grateful that he has done so, as there is so much fine music in these works, even in the two lesser pieces, The Gambler and Betrothal in a Monastery.

This is a worthy project, and a boxed set that could easily have put Prokofiev much more firmly on the operatic map. It is debatable whether Prokofiev was a natural opera composer or whether he could produce operas for the international repertoire, and my feeling is that his reputation should rest on his ballets, his concertos and his symphonies primarily. But these works are undoubtedly strong enough to survive beyond their own time, and they ought to be better known.

Sadly, Decca have missed a golden opportunity here by providing little more than index points, cast lists and a paltry couple of paragraphs description of the genesis and plot of each opera. I myself knew three of these works before buying this set, and I suspect that would put me in a stronger position to appreciate these works than a lot of people. But with unfamiliar operas like all of these, how on Earth can the ordinary music lover, with little knowledge of the Russian language ever get the best out of the listening experience without a libretto (or at very worst detailed synopses)? Listening to The Gambler, Betrothal, and The Fiery Angel without knowing what the hell is going on has seriously detracted from my enjoyment of the music. I have asked Decca where one might get the librettos, and have had no reply, but it would not do them much harm to put them online, perhaps for a small fee; EMI do in their excellent opera series.

If you know these works, I would expect it might be through the original, more sumptuous releases of these recordings; if not, I would recommend buying those in preference to this all-corners-cut release. A bargain price it may be, but I feel short changed, and I feel that Prokofiev would too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough For Me, 11 Nov. 2013
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Don't really care about the lack of notes. I'll be listening to the music through my iPod as I've bought it as a MP3. It was quite expensive nevertheless. I don't think you can get a perfect listening experience whatever the circumstances. I can listen to music as an abstract experience without knowing what the music is all about though who can know everything where art is concerned? The composer is not always the best guide though he is a good guide. We walk about in the wintry streets and hear all kinds of sound without any libretto aside from our own imagination.
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