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Works on This Recording
Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934; Paris, France
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 3 Customer Reviews )
Core Prokofiev Well Played September 7, 2014
By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews
"The distinctive style of Sergey Prokofiev is demonstrated in a performance that should find favor with almost any fan of Russian music. Under Yuri Simonov's direction, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra plays 3 standard Prokofiev works with precision and glowing, burnished sound. You do not have to search very far to find many good recordings of Romeo and Juliet (excerpts thereof), the Classical Symphony, or Lt. Kije. If these works are what you are looking for, in fact you don't have to search at all; this audiophile recording by the RPO will fill the bill nicely. This is a solid performance by one of the best orchestras in the business- what more needs to be said! Recommended."
Excellent with reservations May 10, 2014
By Bill P. (Fairview Heights, IL) See All My Reviews
"This recording represents both a very good reading of Romeo and Juliet and an excellent digital recording. The Classic Symphony is an average read, but very good recording. Same with Kije."
A nice Prokofiev collection, but BEWARE March 7, 2013
By Frank Hudson (Bowie, MD) See All My Reviews
"The people are the RPO label,or perhaps the Allegro Music company, seem incapable of getting their labeling right (cf their screwup on their "orchestrated Haydn quartets" disc). This is NOT Suites Nos. 1 and 3, as it says on the liner - this is "highlights" selected (most likely by the conductor) chiefly from Suites nos. 1 and 2; you don't get the complete music of any of the suites. This discrepancy is even repeated on the actual back cover of the jewel case! Simonov's interpretation of excerpts from the Romeo and Juliet suites leans toward extremely slow tempos at times, but the players are fully up to it. This is an ultra-dramatic reading of some of the bigger movements (the smaller ones generally fall into the expected tempos and phrasing, etc.) that will probably surprise some fans of this music. The engineering (or perhaps the venue) cannot quite cope with the stupendous climaxes in a few places, which belies the "audiophile" description of this series... The performance of the Symphony #1 is mostly straightforward, though with an occasional distinctive touch of rubato or phrasing. Nobody will be disappointed here. The Lt Kije Suite is acceptably done, again with some nice touches, though other conductors have found more subtlety in it. None of these would be my first choice for the work in question, but taken as a whole this is a fair introduction to three of Prokofiev's most audience-friendly works. So again, the disc is an OK value but nothing to write home about."