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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet


Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Valery Gergiev conductor

Disc of the Year &
Best Orchestral Recording
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

No 1 Ballet Recording Gramophone
Essential Work
BBC Music Magazine 
Editor's Choice
CD of the Week
Sunday Times
Editor's Choice
Classic FM Magazine

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet has a strong claim to being the greatest ballet. Not only does it contain much of the composer’s finest and most instantly appealing music, it is also considered one of the most exceptional musical realisations of Shakespeare.

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Disc of the Year
Best Orchestral Recording
'For the LSO to win our prestigious Disc of the Year award is testament to the orchestra's continuing brilliance under Valery Gergiev. Hearing this score 'live' gives this music extra frisson, almost as if we were joining the audience for the performance' BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011

Editor's Choice
'Gergiev is in his element ... A winner' Gramophone (UK)

Editor's Choice 'this marvellously dance-infused performance of the complete score by Valery Gergiev and a devilishly on-form LSO is an essential item. Rarely has Prokofiev's score sounded so orchestrally powerful. The LSO brings the passion back to Prokofiev's star-crossed lovers' Classic FM Magazine (UK)

CD of the Week ‘This is music in which Gergiev has few peers today ... he brings an epic, symphonic and dramatic integrity to its vast, multifaceted canvas ... his London forces respond to Gergiev’s often hair-raising volatility with some of their most dynamic playing – the death of Tybalt has rarely sounded more coruscating in its raw depiction of Lady Capulet’s grief. Juliet’s early music positively scampers with youthful delicacy and grace, and the love music shimmers with a rapt beauty ... the entire performance carries an inevitable tragic momentum’ Sunday Times (UK)

‘one could be forgiven for thinking that the LSO is Russian, such is the passion and energy with which it attacks Prokofiev’s score. The brass playing is superb ... the woodwind team is on fine form ... the LSO powerhouse strings are quite magnificent throughout. Gergiev’s new version is hard to beat’ International Record Review (UK)

***** 'Gergiev has courageously taken the complete score out of the ballet theater and into the concert hall, to make the music-drama stand on its own orchestrally as with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. The live recording is sensational in its realism' Audiophile Audition (US)

Performance ***** Sound ***** ‘Der akustisch vorzügliche Mehrkanal-Mitschnitt dieser beiden Konzerte unterstreicht eindringlich die historische Dringlichkeit dieser Aktion. Denn trotz 140 Minuten Dauer entpuppt sich das abendfüllende Opus als Feuerwerk kurzweiligster musikalischer Attraktionen, die einen in 52 Szenen Prokofjews unerschöpflichen musikalischen Einfallsreichtum um die Ohren schlagen' Fono Forum (Germany)

Choice of the Month – Orchestral  BBC Music Magazine (UK)

Clef de ResMusica ResMusica (France)
Best Modern Recording
BBC Radio 3 Building a Library (UK)
The Australian (Australia)
Mail on Sunday (UK)


Valery Gergiev conductor
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Recorded November 2008, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch

SACD - compatible with all CD players
Catalogue number - LSO0682
UPC - 822231168225

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