Watch the LSO recording Romeo & Juliet, live at the Barbican

Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet is availble to Society of Sound members this month. LSO Live Producer, James Mallinson, talks about the performance and explains why they no longer include applause on their recordings.

“A whole evening’s music-making with an enormous orchestra can only be a rare undertaking in the concert hall.  When Gergiev and the LSO gave just two performances of Prokofiev’s complete ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in London, both sold out.  LSO Live was there to document them.

The concerts at the Barbican were a masterclass in how to relate a story without  having the dancers to act it.  As the strings set the scene at the beginning of Act I, those present in the concert hall would have seen two arms sculpting sound from large forces.  The sonority, the ebb and flow of phrases in the introduction, are wonderfully expressive.  As the performance unfolds and other instruments unleashed, you realise the music itself is so strongly characterised as to require neither ballet dancers nor props.

The strongest reaction of the evening in the concert hall came after the shatteringly powerful climax to Act II, when Romeo has felled the bloodthirsty Tybalt with his sword.  By the end of Act III, when the two lovers have finally met their end in the tomb, everyone was wrung out and wild applause for the musicians was just not possible.

LSO Live decided early on that it wasn’t going to keep the applause in its recordings – repeated listening would be a bit tiresome with it in – but the hope is always that capturing such an outstanding performance will make you wish you had been there to share the excitement.  This is one such.”

James Mallinson, Producer, LSO Live.

Add a comment

We welcome debate within Society of Sound, but please keep it friendly, respectful and relevant. We have a few house rules which we ask you to abide by to keep the debate intelligent. Read more.
Product enquiry or support issue? Please click here.

Related posts

vinyl-wallpaper

Film: Vinyl – a story to be heard

Real World Studios producer and engineer Marco Migliari discusses his passion for vinyl: "Just having it in your hands makes you … Read more

Breakfast show @ Domino Radio with P5 headphones

Exclusive interview with Domino Radio

Domino Radio was, for one glorious week in early June, a 24-hour a day, pop-up radio station set up by Domino Records in … Read more

dave stewart

New exclusive music – plus 24-bit FLAC option

This month, on top of the regular Society of Sound album – Dabe Touré and Skip McDonald’s In Session – we have exclusive … Read more