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5-Star Lieutenant

Prokofiev is the type of composer I imagine liked to take orchestral colors by the handful and throw them at the wall. Splat. Michael Tilson Thomas is a conductor who apparently feels the same. He keeps the orchestra tight, as in the surprisingly vivace entrance of the brass during "The Birth of Kijé" and the scattering strings around the trumpet's solo in "Kijé's Wedding." Beyond that, he knows that most listeners associate "Troika" with sleigh rides and winter, so the sleigh bells get top billing. Everything about this humorous suite, the bass and tuba solos, the trumpet's distant opening and final call, even the slightly off-balance piccolo are featured lovingly and playfully. I can't provide the listener with any critique of the rest of this recording as I only downloaded "Lieutenant Kijé," but that alone, for me, is worth the price of the whole thing.

Biography

Formed: 1946 in New York, NY

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Juilliard String Quartet was founded in 1946 by William Schuman, who was the president of the Juilliard School in New York. The original members of the quartet were violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd. The members of the quartet have changed over the course of the ensemble's career, but after more than 50 years of performances and recordings, the Juilliard Quartet has remained one of the most famous and well-respected string quartets in...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Nov 14, 1995

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