Notes and Editorial Reviews
Any new version of Prokofiev's masterpiece must possess very special qualities if it is to mount a serious challenge to the exceptional comparative triumvirate listed above [Maazel/Cleveland, Gergiev/Kirov, Ozawa/Boston]... By the side of Maazel's staggeringly virtuosic Clevelanders and the gorgeous poise and sophistication of the Boston Symphony under Ozawa, [others] can at times sound uncomfortably provincial... [I]n spite of some refulgent horn-playing, [Ermler/Covent Garden] does not have the passionate ardour or sensual breadth that Ozawa for one brings to it.
-- Gramophone [11/1994]
Ozawa's Boston players also display great virtuosity (with no trace of the slightly
self-aware 'brilliance' that slightly mars Maazel's account) and his DG performance evinces an exquisite sophistication and endearing balletic poise that I like very much indeed.
-- Gramophone [7/1996]
Works on This Recording
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 by Sergei Prokofiev
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France
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