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Järvi leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in all three self-contained suites of Prokofiev’s ballet on one disc
Repertoire: Romeo & Juliet (ballet suites)
Artists: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi
Label: Telarc CD-80597
A rather strange idea. No doubt it suits the orchestra’s existing repertory, but as a straight-through listen, the jumbled storyline that results is a nonsense. But the playing under Järvi’s unexaggerated direction is very good: focused, well characterised, and sweepingly expressive where needed. Here’s a Romeo & Juliet where for once they really do fight with rapiers rather than bludgeons.