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Saturday, February 10, 2018 Permalink

The Romeo & Juliet Connection

An 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown of Romeo and Juliet '​s balcony scene


Shakespeare’s tragic tale of young love is one of his most enduring and popular works—and the one that has inspired the most music.

In this hour, Romeo and Juliet in works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Prokofiev, Bernstein and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Fanfare: Shakespearean Music from Stratford Christopher Plummer,  Ensemble conducted by Glenn Morley Marquis 81269 774718126924
Berlioz Romeo & Juliet Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti EMI Classics 72640 724357264020
Benda: Romeo und Julie La Stagione Frankfurt & Vocal Ensemble of Ancient Music, Bremen, Michael Schneider. CPO 999 496-2 761203949625
Gounod: Romeo et Juliette Ruth Ann Swenson, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Leonard Slatkin RCA Victor Red Seal 68440  090266844029
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2/Romeo & Juliet Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Kurt Masur Teldec 2292-44943-2 022924494321
Delius: Orchestral Works Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner London/Decca 421 390-2 028942139022
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Kirov Orchestra, St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev Philips 432166-2 028943216623
Essential Leonard Bernstein Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein Deutsche Grammaphon 289 471 518-2 028947151821

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