02 July 2011

Romeo in Boston

This week I have been listening with pleasure to the RCA Red Seal reissue, 6 CDs’ worth, of Erich Leinsdorf leading the BSO in Prokofiev. The five piano concerti, both violin concerti, four of the seven symphonies (the Second, Third, Fifth & Sixth), the Lt Kizhe Suite (wtih David Clatworthy singing the romansy) and selections from Romeo & Juliet.

Last night it was the turn of this last. While the October 1986 recording of the complete ballet with Ozawa has its clear superiorities of both execution and sound, this is a historical document not only interesting but richly enjoyable.

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