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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony


Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571210   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was completed after the composer’s final repatriation to Soviet Russia after a period abroad. It was written for the Kirov Ballet but early productions faltered, and Prokofiev soon adapted his music to the concert hall. The Suites avoid narrative sequence, selecting crucial moments such as the famous “balcony scene”, and dramatic climaxes such as The Death of Tybalt. Composed to celebrate the famous author’s 150th anniversary, the Pushkin Waltzes are relaxed, easygoing, and with a typically witty edge. Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet was completed after the composer’s final repatriation to Soviet Russia after a period abroad. It was written for the Kirov Ballet but early productions faltered, and Prokofiev soon adapted his music to the concert hall. The Suites avoid narrative sequence, selecting crucial moments such as the famous “balcony scene”, and dramatic climaxes such as The Death of Tybalt. Composed to celebrate the famous author’s 150th anniversary, the Pushkin Waltzes are relaxed, easygoing, and with a typically witty edge. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 28 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Pushkin Waltzes (2), Op. 120: no 2 in C sharp minor by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 33 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: I. Folk Dance
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: II. A Scene
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: III. Madrigal
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: IV. Minuet
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: V. Masks
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: VI. Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis: VII. The Death of Tybalt
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: I. Montagues and Capulets
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: II. The Young Girl Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: III. Friar Lawrence
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: IV. Danse
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: V. Romeo with Juliet before Parting
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: VI. Dance of the Antillian Girls
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: VII. Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet
Pushkin Waltzes, Op. 120: No. 2. Waltz in C sharp minor: Allegro meditativo

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