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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, May 2008

Even if one views The Stone Flower as watered-down Prokofiev—which it isn't, in my opinion—it is a nearly irresistible offer here. For one thing, compared with the flawed versions of Romeo and Juliet that I've encountered on DVD—one a Bolshoi effort on Arthaus, the other a Teatro alla Scala production on TDK—it is quite effective, ultimately more satisfying than either of those two. This 1990 live Bolshoi presentation of The Stone Flower is visually quite appealing, both in its splendid dancing and imaginative sets, the latter, despite their often barren appearance, brilliantly atmospheric and colorful. Moreover, the orchestral playing is spirited, if not flawless, and Alexandr Kopilov's reading is consistently insightful.





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