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Bradley Winterton
Taipei Times, 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

Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, February 2012

a great musical record of an important occasion… Argerich is her usual fluent self propelling Ravel’s fast tempi as if there are no limits and relaxing into his delicate lyricism like the great master (mistress) she is. The wind soloists in the slow movement are simply gorgeous to hear, especially the cor anglais. In the final presto the wind again excel, which they have to given Argerich’s chosen tempo! She is obviously as pleased with the orchestra as they are with her and she and Yuri Temirkanov get the expected rapturous applause.

It is a vivid and passionate performance with a huge dynamic range which has the audience applauding loudly, as it should. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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