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4 November 2009
The RPO at the Royal Festival Hall
Considering that this evening was billed as a Renee Fleming concert it was a case of far too little Fleming and far too much “Romeo and Juliet”. For some unknown reason we had to wait till after the interval for Fleming’s first appearance as the first half was entirely occupied by extended excerpts from Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet.
Now I am a huge fan of Prokoviev’s miraculous score and am always happy to hear it especially when it was as well played as here. Charles Dutoit has a natural feel for the ebb and flow of the score and the cataclysmic end of Act 2 was particularly well achieved. This should have provided the appropriate climax to the proceedings but unfortunately Dutoit chose to follow it with the Tomb scene. In the theatre, especially in the Kenneth Macmillan version of the ballet, this scene is a heart rending conclusion to the story. In the slightly sterile surroundings of the RFH it ...
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carol - 4 November 2009:
fleming is better on disc these days. badly chosen prog and rather arrogant to only give one encore? glad we were sitting in the front because i'm not sure we would have heard her in the back....