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Romeo et Juliette
LSO & Chorus/Sir Colin Davis with soloists
LSO 0003 CD [99.11]
(Live recording of performance at Barbican Centre, 11 January 00).
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This performance was reviewed in S&H (January 2000), in which it was noted that under the reliable hands of Sir Colin Davis it was performed with fiery orchestral playing and a lusty, large chorus representing the warring Montague and Capulet extended families. Three of the most important movements, including their love scene, are for orchestra alone & the LSO is in fine form.

On the night, from a seat a little too close, Orlin Anastassov (Friar Lawrence) sounded too unremittingly intense, hectoring the bloodthirsty enemies to make an uneasy truce. With recorded balance it is far better and my reservations diminished. The other soloists made the most of their small parts. Daniela Barcellona (mezzo) has a dark, rich voice and celebrated first love between the unheard protagonists in the drama, whose love scene is purely orchestral. Kenneth Tarver (tenor) was mercurial in his anticipation of the famous Queen Mab orchestral scherzo, his light, mobile tenor a brief joy and welcome respite from the predominantly serious matters portrayed.

For the remaining Berlioz Odyssey concerts see the LSO website Amongst the 11 CD versions of Romeo & Juliet in the catalogue, there are two others conducted by Colin Davis:- Phillips 442 134-2PH2 with the VPO (1993) and Phillips 456 143-2PB6 with the LSO (1968/97).

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