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Romeo and Juliet

Does anyone know if any recordings exist of the earlier versions of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet? I know the scores still exist but I have not yet come across any recordings. If anyone knows more about this then I do, please let me know. Thank you.

Mark van Bruggen

The earliest version (1869) has been recorded at least twice—once by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Geoffrey Simon, on the Chandos label; and also by Dalia Atlas conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra on Carlton Classics/Pickwick. I've been told that the recording with the London Philharmonic under Derek Gleeson on Pickwick is also the original version, but I can't vouch for that personally.

The BBC recorded the second (1870) version specially for their Tchaikovsky Experience season broadcast last February, but I don't believe this is commercially available. It's identical to the standard score (1880), except for the last 80 bars or so.

Brett Langston

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