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Paul Turok
Turok’s Choice, June 2009

Prokofiev’s incidental music to Hamlet, Boris Godunow, Eugene Onegin and Egyptian Nights (the last three are plays by Pushkin or adapted from his poems) is excellently performed by Michael Jurowski and the Berlin Radio Orchestra (701, three discs). Prokofiev wrote high-quality music for Hamlet and Boris. The music for Onegin is more familiar, because he reused many of its melodies in the ballet “Cinderella.” The music for Egyptian Nights seems a bit disembodied. There is also much too much narration in Russian (which occurs in the other pieces as well). Since no translations are published in the program booklet, this is useless to listeners who don’t understand the language. Excellent sound on both releases.

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