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Classic Library - Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet / Tilson Thomas

Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 59424   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much heralded as the auspicious beginning of a new--and now defunct--recording contract with RCA, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's Romeo & Juliet remains a stunningly good Prokofiev disc. This particular arrangement (compiled by the conductor) follows the sequence of the ballet, providing more narrative continuity than Prokofiev's three suites. Thomas' vibrant and insightful conducting, employing some highly effective and idiosyncratic rubato in many passages, powerfully enhances the drama's ebb and flow. The Balcony scene fairly flows with passion, while light and breezy pacing enlivens the Folk Dance and the Young Juliet. The intense drive of Romeo's Revenge (augmented by
Read more bass drum and tambourine at the climax) also rivets the attention.

Underlying all of this is the exceptionally high-caliber playing of the San Francisco Symphony, with its bracing energy, virtuosity, and rhythmic vitality. RCA's warmly spacious, wide-dynamic recording makes a powerful impression (even if it cannot match Telarc's recent SACD version for spatial realism). Considering that Thomas' arrangement contains virtually all the main thematic material from the ballet (minus Prokofiev's many repetitions), for many listeners this hugely enjoyable (and now mid-price) disc will be the one Romeo & Juliet to have and hold. [6/10/2004]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1995 

Sound Samples

Introduction to Act I/Einleitung zum 1. Akt/Introduction à l'Acte I
The Street Awakens/Die Straße erwacht/La rue s'éveille
The Quarrel/Der Streit/La Querelle
The Fight/Der Kampf/Le Combat
The Duke's Command/Der Befehl des Herzogs/L'Ordre du Duc
Nurse/Die Amme/La Nourrice
Young Juliet/Die junge Julia/La jeune Juliette
Arrival of the Guests/Ankunft der Gäste/Arrivée des invités
Dance of the Knights/Tanz der Ritter/Danse des chevaliers
Balcony Scene/Balkonszene/Scene du balcon
Introduction to Act III/Einleitung zum 3.Akt/Introduction à l'Acte III
Folk Dance/Volkstanz/Danse folklorique
Dance with Mandolins/Tanz mit Mandolinen/Danse avec mandolines
Public Merrymaking/Allgemeine Fröhlichkeit/Réjouissances publiques
The Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio/Das Treffen von Tybalt und Mercuito/Rencontre de Tybalt et Mercutio
The Duel/Das Duell/La Duel
Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio/Romeo beschließt, Mercutio zu rächen/Roméo décide de venger Mercutio
Finale: Death of Tybalt/Tod von Tybalt/Mort de Tybalt]
Romeo and Juliet/Romeo und Julia/Roméo et Juliette
Romeo and Juliet at Parting/Romeo und Julia nehmen Abschlied/Adieux de Roméo et Juliette
Juliet Alone/Julia allein/Juliette seule
Juliet's Funeral/Julias Begräbnis/Funerailles de Juliette
Juliet's Death/Julias Tod/Mort de Juliette

Customer Reviews

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 Thomas amazes me February 15, 2012 By James Raney (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "I've seen the Royal Ballet's performance with Nureyev and Fonteyn, and SF Ballet's questionable production, but hearing this recording changed everything, and I love it when I thought I knew something, and then a completely different level is revealed, and this performance does that for me." Report Abuse
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