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Russian Ballet Suites: Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Khachaturian: Spartacus - Shostakovich: The Bolt

Russian National Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov

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Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1, Op. 64bis  
1
I. Folk Dance
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
4:31
2
II. Tableau
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
1:35
3
III. Madrigal
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
3:43
4
IV. Minuet
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
3:05
5
V. Masks
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
2:02
6
VI. Romeo and Juliet
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
7:24
7
VII. Death of Tybalt
Sergey Prokofiev; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
4:40
Spartacus  
8
I. Scene of Crassus and Aegina
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
3:25
9
II. The Dance of the Pirates
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
1:17
10
III. Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
9:13
11
IV. Variation of Aegina and Bacchanalia
Aram Il'yich Khachaturian; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
3:23
The Bolt, Op. 27a  
12
I. Introduction
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
5:32
13
II. Polka
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
2:41
14
III. Variation
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
2:25
15
IV. Tango
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
4:48
16
V. Intermezzo
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
3:56
17
VI. Finale
Dmitry Shostakovich; Russian National Orchestra; Alexander Vedernikov
2:17
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:57
"Vedernikov's pacing seems entirely natural ... the Prokofiev and Khachaturian have nearly all the cinematic sweep you could want; Vedernikov is better than most conductors at maintaining the edge and intensity of the frantic sword fight passage in Death of Tybalt ..."
- Fanfare

"Four Stars ... a thoroughly Russian production in every way ... the playing is superbly balletic and spirited and the programming of the three suites achieves plenty of variety and interest ... rich, sparkling and enveloping ... even if you already own the complete Romeo and Juliet you should at least sample this wonderful trio of works for its energy and terrific sonics."
- Audiophile Audition

It doesn't get more authentic than this: a Russian conductor leads a Russian orchestra on three great works by Russian composers, recorded in Moscow. The energetic performances and sonics of all three pieces were highly praised when this album was first released in 2004.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording producer: Job Maarse
Executive producer: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording engineers:
Editing: Sibylle Strobel, Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recorded at DZZ Studio 5, Moscow Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2003

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, Schoeps MK 2S, DPA 4006, with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Microphone preamps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul

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