Prokofiev was a master at musical storytelling, and his ballet score to Shakespeare’s famous love story is his best-known and most passionate score. The music brings Romeo and Juliet and their conflicting families fully to life — with music that is in turn lushly romantic, playfully whimsical, deftly tuneful, poignantly heartfelt, and powerfully overwhelming. Schubert’s delightful and joyous Third Symphony is an early masterpiece, written when the composer was just an 18-year-old schoolmaster.
At a Glance
SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 3
PROKOFIEV - Romeo and Juliet, Act I
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