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“I first came to know Prokofiev’s brilliant score to Romeo and Juliet as a violinist and longed to conduct it from that very first moment. Hearing saxophone in the orchestra for the first time blew me away. Prokofiev’s incredible orchestration, his ingenious thematic invention and his passionate portrayal of this profoundly timeless story make this score stand out in the firmament.

Recording this work with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was very inspiring. They are an orchestra of passionate, engaged, dynamic musicians and their extraordinary musicianship brings this score to vivid life!”

Marin Alsop

PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
8.573534-35 • 2 CDs
Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
(Complete Ballet)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop

Based on Shakespeare’s most famous romantic play, Prokofiev’s realisation of Romeo and Juliet as a full-length narrative ballet was audacious in its day. It was written during a period of artistic turmoil under a Soviet regime in which arguments raged over such fundamental aspects as the choice between a happy or a tragic ending. Famous movements such as the Dance of the Knights have helped maintain Romeo and Juliet as Prokofiev’s bestloved stage work. Marin Alsop’s acclaimed cycle of Prokofiev’s Symphonies has been described as ‘an outstanding achievement’ by BBC Music Magazine.

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About the Artists
Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 2007. Her success as the BSO’s music director has garnered national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. Alsop is often making history: in 2005 she was the first conductor to be awarded a MacArthur Genius award, and in September 2013 as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London – an honour that she repeated in 2015. She takes up the prestigious post of chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in September 2019.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is recognised as one of America’s most innovative orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural organisations. The BSO boasts trailblazing education and community programmes designed for audiences of all ages, from a Music Box Series for toddlers and concerts for schoolchildren and families, to comprehensive programmes for aspiring young musicians and amateur adult musicians. The award-winning OrchKids programme, launched in 2008, provides education resources and fosters social change through the power of music for children in the city’s communities.
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