119. Dancing into Immortality: Prokofiev, Romeo & Juliet

So much more than just a famous TV theme tune, Prokofiev’s music for Romeo and Juliet is full of intensity, drama, passion, wit and the occasional brilliantly pure dance number. Simultaneously draining and energising it’s a fabulous demonstration of the sheer power of music. I love it.

Listening time 41 minutes (podcast 11′, music 30′)

There’s a mistake: Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin, not her brother. Oops! There goes my GCSE English grade!

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Here are complete performances of Prokofiev’s 2nd suite from Romeo and Juliet played by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi. You can buy it as a download here.

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