Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
Disc of the Year 2011
We are delighted to announce that our recording of Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet has won both Best Orchestral Recording and the overall Disc of the Year Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2011.
The Disc of the Year Award was presented to Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO, and Lennox Mackenzie, Chairman of the LSO, by the composer’s grandson, Gabriel Prokofiev, at a ceremony at London’s Kings Place today.
Gergiev's exhilirating interpretation of the work along with the phenomenal playing of the LSO, have combined to create a truly masterful release.
'For the LSO to win our prestigious Disc of the Year award is testament to the orchestra's continuing brilliance under Valery Gergiev. Hearing this score 'live' gives this music extra frisson, almost as if we were joining the audience for the performance.' Oliver Condy, Editor, BBC Music Magazine
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What the critics say...
Editor's Choice 'Gergiev is in his element ... A winner' Gramophone (UK)
Editor's Choice 'this marvellously dance-infused performance of the complete score by Valery Gergiev and a devilishly on-form LSO is an essential item. Rarely has Prokofiev's score sounded so orchestrally powerful. The LSO brings the passion back to Prokofiev's star-crossed lovers'
Classic FM Magazine (UK)
CD of the Week ‘This is music in which Gergiev has few peers today ... he brings an epic, symphonic and dramatic integrity to its vast, multifaceted canvas ... his London forces respond to Gergiev’s often hair-raising volatility with some of their most dynamic playing – the death of Tybalt has rarely sounded more coruscating in its raw depiction of Lady Capulet’s grief. Juliet’s early music positively scampers with youthful delicacy and grace, and the love music shimmers with a rapt beauty ... the entire performance carries an inevitable tragic momentum’ Sunday Times (UK)
Clef de ResMusica ResMusica (France)
***** The Australian (Australia)
***** Mail on Sunday (UK)
Best Modern Recording
BBC Radio 3 Building a Library (UK)