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Editors’ Notes

Along with his compatriot Stravinsky, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev was a darling of the modernist Avant-garde movement of the early 20th century. His score to the ballet version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of his most accessible works, with lush melodies, bristling dance rhythms and brassy intensity (the “Dance of the Knights” was made famous in the UK as the theme from the TV series The Apprentice). One of today’s most respected interpreters of Prokofiev is the charismatic Russian maestro Valery Gergiev, whose sonically spectacular 2010 performance with the London Symphony Orchestra has become the new standard of the work.

Customer Reviews

Great Prokofiev

What a storming Romeo and Juliet. So much music to enjoy and a truly great performance from the LSO.

A treasure

I love this recording! This well-known and popular ballet sounds fresh and exciting, which is a real achievement and a true testament to Gergiev’s masterful conducting abilities. The wonderfully energetic, bombastic sections are matched by delicate passages of lyrical beauty. It really is packed from start to finish with the best orchestral playing money can buy. Everything about this production is world class, from the sound quality through careful engineering, the ever impressive LSO and conductor Gergiev, to the beautifully striking album artwork and informative programme notes. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in this case you can! It’s a real treasure, this.

Absolutely wonderful

This recording is divine, and really captures the energy and vitality of a live production. I love this ballet and have seen it in theatres worldwide, and it is the music that really makes it for me. Valery Gergiev leads the LSO in their most magnificent and exciting playing. In my opinion, Gergiev is the only living conductor worthy of bringing Prokofiev’s spectacular ballet to life. I'd give it six stars if I could!

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  • £11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 12 January 2010

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