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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet / Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423268   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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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]

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Ozawa's Boston players also display great virtuosity (with no trace of the slightly
Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Romeo and Juliet, Op.64: 1. Introduction
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 2. Romeo
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 3. The street awakens
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 4. Morning dance
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 5. The quarrel
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 6. The fight
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 7. The duke's command
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 8. Interlude
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 9. At the Capulets' (Preparations for the ball)
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 10. The young Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 11. Arrival of the guests
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 12. Masks
Romeo And Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 13. Dance Of The Knights
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 14. Juliet's variation
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 15. Mercutio
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 16. Madrigal
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 17. Tybalt recognizes Romeo
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 18. Gavotte
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 19. Balcony scene
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 20. Romeo's variation
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 1: 21. Love dance
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 22. Folk dance
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 23. Romeo and Mercutio
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 24. Dance of the five couples
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 25. Dance with mandolins
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 26. Nurse
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 27. The nurse and Romeo
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 28. Romeo at friar Laurence's
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 29. Juliet at friar Laurence's
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 30. Public merrymaking
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 31. Further public festivities
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 32. Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 33. The duel
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 34. Death of Mercutio
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 35. Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 2: 36. Finale
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 37. Introduction
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 38. Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 39. Romeo bids Juliet farewell
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 40. Nurse
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 41. Juliet refuses to marry Paris
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 42. Juliet alone
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 43. Interlude
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 44. At friar Laurence's cell
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 45. Interlude
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 46. Juliet's room
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 47. Juliet alone
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 48. Aubade
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 49. Dance of the girls with lilies
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 3: 50. At Juliet's bedside
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 4: 51. Juliet's funeral
Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 / Act 4: 52. Juliet's death

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