Marin Alsop / Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Complete ballet

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While most of Sergey Prokofiev's music has gone in and out of fashion in western countries, a few works have always remained popular: the "Classical" Symphony, Peter and the Wolf, the Third Piano Concerto, the Lieutenant Kije Suite, and perhaps most beloved of all, the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Conductor Marin Alsop completed her cycle of Prokofiev's seven symphonies in 2017, showing a commitment to the composer that few of her contemporaries can match, and she follows that achievement with this 2018 Naxos release, a nearly flawless performance of the complete Romeo and Juliet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This recording is typical of Alsop's clear-headed approach, revealing her thorough mastery of details, balanced phrasing, close attention to the orchestral sound, and fidelity to the score, which provides many challenges in its episodic structure. This first-rate performance may remind listeners of the classic complete recordings by André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and even though those recordings are still readily available, Alsop's shows that Romeo and Juliet can still inspire a fine interpretation in the digital era, making this recording essential listening for Prokofiev fans.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
1 2:39
2 1:36
3 1:34
4 2:13
5 1:43
6 3:45
7 1:21
8 1:54
9 2:25
10 3:20
11 4:03
12 2:56
13 5:34
14 2:49
15 2:21
16 3:23
17 1:58
18 3:30
19 3:18
20 1:23
21 5:55
22 3:44
23 2:18
24 3:57
25 2:05
26 2:12
27 0:55

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
1 2:52
2 3:15
3 3:23
4 2:31
5 1:55
6 1:28
7 2:31
8 2:07
9 2:09
10 1:14
11 1:27
12 5:13
13 1:54
14 2:35
15 1:39
16 1:24
17 4:48
18 1:41
19 2:57
20 4:52
21 2:37
22 2:15
23 2:02
24 6:00
25 4:08
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