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!

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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