, April 2012
NOBEL PRIZE CONCERT 2009 - RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (Argerich, Temirkanov) (NTSC) 2057898
NOBEL PRIZE CONCERT 2009 - RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (Argerich, Temirkanov) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2057894
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra features in two DVDs this month. The first, from EuroArts, contains the December 2009 Nobel Prize Concert, of which the highlight was presumably intended to be the participation of Martha Argerich playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. She is indeed magnificent, and the wistful tenderness of the slow movement is certainly compelling. However, even more wonderful is the performance after the interval by the orchestra alone of two of Prokofiev’s three Romeo and Juliet suites, or at least the whole of the second suite and three items from the first.
This is absolutely stupendous. The Friar Laurence item from the second suite and The Death of Tybalt from the first suite, with which the performance ends, are both outstanding. Taken together with Argerich in the Ravel concerto, this constitutes a magnificent DVD and is consequently highly recommended. © 2012 Taipei Times Read complete review