Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from the ballet – SFSO; Tilson Thomas (repost)

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Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from the ballet – SFSO; Tilson Thomas (repost)

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from the ballet – San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
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Publisher: BMG/RCA Red Seal | Recorded: 1995 | Published: 1996

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from the ballet – SFSO; Tilson Thomas (repost)

Much heralded as the auspicious beginning of a new–and now defunct–recording contract with RCA, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony's Romeo & Juliet remains a stunningly good Prokofiev disc. This particular arrangement (compiled by the conductor) follows the sequence of the ballet, providing more narrative continuity than Prokofiev's three suites. Thomas' vibrant and insightful conducting, employing some highly effective and idiosyncratic rubato in many passages, powerfully enhances the drama's ebb and flow. The Balcony scene fairly flows with passion, while light and breezy pacing enlivens the Folk Dance and the Young Juliet. The intense drive of Romeo's Revenge (augmented by bass drum and tambourine at the climax) also rivets the attention.
Underlying all of this is the exceptionally high-caliber playing of the San Francisco Symphony, with its bracing energy, virtuosity, and rhythmic vitality. RCA's warmly spacious, wide-dynamic recording makes a powerful impression (even if it cannot match Telarc's recent SACD version for spatial realism). Considering that Thomas' arrangement contains virtually all the main thematic material from the ballet (minus Prokofiev's many repetitions), for many listeners this hugely enjoyable disc will be the one Romeo & Juliet to have and hold. [6/10/2004] - Victor Carr Jr, Classicstoday.com
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A most enjoyable, refreshing version of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
Michael Tilson Thomas's approach to Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet wafts a breath of fresh air through music that's all too often suffocated by an inappropriately heavyweight attack. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are, as this recording constantly reminds us, intended to be young. In the love music, for instance. Tilson Thomas's interpretation is notably lighter in touch than most, and emphasises youthful innocence and idealism above all. The effect is deeply touching rather than profoundly tragic: I personally find this more convincing than depicting Prokofiev's lovers as though they were the Tristan and Isolde of the Russian stage.
The San Francisco Symphony's playing is delightfully nimble and elastic, and Tilson Thomas conducts with pointedness and flair throughout. The sound is excellent. If you want a single-disc selection from this score, I do not think you'll find one more refreshingly enjoyable than this. - Terry Blain, Classical Net - CD Reviews Apr 96
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On this recording:
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953):
Romeo and Juliet – Scenes from Ballet
1. Introduction to Act I
2. Romeo
3. The Street Awakens
4. The Quarrel
5. The Fight
6. The Duke's Command
7. Interlude
8. Nurse
9. Young Juliet
10. Arrival of the Guests
11. Dance of the Knights
12. Mercutio
13. Madrigal
14. Gavotte
15. Balcony Scene
16. Introduction to Act lll
17. Folk Dance
18. Dance with Mandolins
19. Public Merrymaking
20. The Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio
21. The Duel
22. Romeo Decides to Avenge Mercutio
23. Finale (Death of Tybalt)
24. Romeo and Juliet
25. Romeo and Juliet at Parting
26. Interlude
27. Juliet Alone
28. Juliet's Funeral
29. Juliet's Death

San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Recorded during concerts of September 20-24, 1995 in Louise Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
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