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Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Highlights / Chung, Concertgebouw


Release Date: 12/18/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439870   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Chung offers the first two orchestral suites (1936), closing with ‘Juliet’s Death’ from the third (1946). Tjeknavorian offers all three in sequence – 20 movements in total, adding up to nearly 15 minutes of extra music. Chung’s approach balances the balletically evocative with the symphonically abstract. Cumulatively, his is an enormously impressive performance. He knows just how to coax a melody to sing, how to let the span of music breathe. Less tensioned, less in love with beauty, Tjeknavorian is more matter-of-fact. Wanting in drama and poetry, his penchant for occasionally excessive speed or short-winded phrasing trivialises, even vulgarises, Prokofiev’s ideas. His orchestra isn’t in the class of the Dutch. And his acoustically Read more unexciting, closely engineered sound cannot begin to compare with the space, resonance or physical gravity of the DG.

Mark Ermler’s new complete version of the ballet score has all the distinguishing features of his ROH Tchaikovsky cycle. Here is playing of natural fluency and eloquent theatricality, musically felt and expressively sensitive despite tempi in the famous set pieces often being faster than either Tjeknavorian or Chung. Maybe the 15 hammer-blows of ‘Tybalt’s Death’ lack the sheer physical terror of Chung’s characterisation – much else doesn’t, however.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Ates Orga, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Juliet, the young girl by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 1, Folk Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 2, Scene by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 3, Madrigal by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 4, Minuet by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 5, Masks by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
8.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 6, Balcony Scene by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 7, Death of Tybalt by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Friar Lawrence by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
12.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Romeo and Juliet Before Parting by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 9 Minutes 14 Secs. 
13.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Dance of the maids with lilies by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
14.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Romeo at Juliet's Grave by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15.
Romeo and Juliet Suite no 3, Op. 101: no 6, Death of Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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