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A patchy Kije, but the Stone Flower blossoms brightly,
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This review is from: Prokofiev: The Stone Flower suite, Autumnal sketch, Andante Op.50b (Audio CD)
Most people will know Kije: the Troika is a Twentieth Century classic; Neeme Jarvi's reading of the suite comes in grand sweeping movements. For me, a little too grand (too much playing around with tempi to make unsubtle points), a little too sweeping (though the generous acoustic may play its part in that). And the Troika fails to dance. Truly a crime. So why do I still give the disc five stars? Listen to the searing Andante Op.50 - heart stopping in its power. Then be prepared to be totally caught up in the Stone Flower suite - dances that lift you and swing you around, inspire you, make you laugh for joy - then stop you in your stride, catch your breath, still you. And lift you again. I loved every second of it. I did buy this disc for the Kije: and despite my doubts, it has its moments. But it is the remainder of the disc where the true untainted pleasures lie. Buy it, turn it up loud, and enjoy!