Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet Suites (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Digital Booklet | 607 MB | Genre: Classical
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: eClassical | © BIS Records

Combined, Prokofiev’s three suites from Romeo include about half of the score. Still, most conductors who want to give us a full CD (or even a full LP) of Romeo pick their own extracts from the complete ballet instead of stringing together the suites. That’s probably at least partly because they don’t share Prokofiev’s preferences when it comes to favorite moments—but it’s also because, as written, the suites are organized for musical rather than narrative coherence, and thus provide little sense of the play’s dramatic trajectory. One way around the second of these issues, of course, is to reorder the suites: that’s, for instance, what Mitropoulos does with selections from the more popular First and Second. Here Andrew Litton pushes that idea to its limit, giving us all 20 movements of the three suites “in the order the music appears in the ballet score.”

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (more…)

Igor Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, Petrushka – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:09:00 minutes | 571 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: August 2008 (Le Sacre du printemps) and June 2009 (Pétrouchka) at the Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway

International Record Review: Oustanding May 2011; Classics Today 10/10; Music Web International Recording of the Month May 2011: “If you want one old cynic’s honest opinion, I think it’s as damn near definitive as I’m ever likely to hear”.

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