Notes and Editorial Reviews
This incredible release was recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on the 24th of October 2015 at Valery Gergiev’s penultimate concert as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. This explosive programme marks a milestone in the Orchestra’s history- it is the first LSO Live release captured outside of Europe, and it showcases the best music-making that Gergiev and the LSO can produce. Gergiev has long been recognized for his interpretation of Stravinsky’s Firebird. “… an outstanding performance of the complete Firebird ballet. Gergiev, hands constantly aflutter, brought even the most insignificant transition passages to vivid life.” (The Guardian) Yefin Bronfman performs Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which was written as a birthday gift to the composer’s wife Ditta, and was completed only four days before the composer succumbed to a long battle with leukemia. Also included on this album are the suite version Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, a thrilling story of prostitution and violence, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.