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  Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible - Slatkin
  Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible

Saint Louis Symphony
Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by nickc May 16, 2004 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Prokofiev's scores with all their orchestral colour seem like naturals for the MC sacd treatment and here is no exception. Even though this was recorded in 1979 it still sounds great with a bass drum that will echo through your whole room (and maybe your neighbour's as well...) It is a 4.0 recording: the presence or lack of a centre channel doesn't bother me at all. After recording the booklet states that they decided to take out the narrator which i think was an excellent decision as it had always seemed like a distraction on the Muti EMI recording i have of this score. As with the Pentatone RQR releases it just proves that they were making great MC recordings in the 70s; now i just wish EMI would open their vaults of surround recordings from that era!

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Review by Jonalogic July 14, 2010 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Bottom line- this is an awe-inspiring recording and fabulous music making. Hyperbolic? I would give it six stars if I could.

Seriously, I could rave on about its analogue-era timbral accuracy, tonal neutrality, air, staging, dynamic range and dimensionality (yes, Iím afraid I really could). But, ultimately what matters is that this is an incredibly realistic recording of huge orchestral and choral forces playing in a real acoustic. And you donít run across one of those every day!

The young Slatkin and his St Louis Orchestra surpass themselves. As a lover of the great Eisenstein film, the whole experience just takes you back to the great evocative scenes of the demonic Ivan in his lair, the storming of Kazan and so on.

This is one of the few Mobile Fidelity recuts still available at non-obscene prices, so you know what you have to do. Run, do NOT walk to your nearest PC and order it at once.

You wonít be sorry.

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Serge Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible (Film score), Op. 116