Romeo and Juliet: Epitomised by Berlioz, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky

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COMPOSERS: Hector Berlioz,Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky,Sergey Prokofiev
LABELS: Praga Digitals
ALBUM TITLE: Romeo and Juliet
WORKS: Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette – excerpts; Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2; Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
PERFORMER: Moscow Philharmonic/Kirill Kondrashin; (Berlioz) LSO/Pierre Monteux; Leningrad Phil/Mravinsky
CATALOGUE NO: Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 116 (1962-81)

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The four Berlioz excerpts are utterly compelling, as is Mravinsky’s driven Prokofiev. Under Kondrashin the Tchaikovsky opens with amazing tension.

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Erik Levi