S.J. Pettersson | Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet

by S.J. Pettersson

A re-telling of the famous Shakespeare play that truly breathes new life into this story of the two “Star Cross'd” lovers. Gorgeous flowing melodies and intense rhythmic movements are in abundance in this magical musical and highly emotional journey.
Genre: Classical: Ballet
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1. Prologue (Star Cross'd Lovers)
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2. Do You Quarrel Sir?
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1:36 $0.99
3. Sad Hours Seem Long
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1:43 $0.99
4. Queen Mab
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5. Love's Heavy Burden
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6. From My Lips By Yours
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7. What Love Can Do
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8. A Thousand Times Goodnight
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9. Nothing, Except One of Your Nines Lives...
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10. A Plague On Both Your Houses
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11. I Defy The Stars
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12. Harsh Discords & Unpleasing Sharps
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13. Banished
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2:25 $0.99
14. This I Drink to Thee
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15. I Pay Thy Poverty, Not Thy Will
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16. Thus With A Kiss
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17. Epilogue (Night's Candles Are Burnt Out)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Romeo & Juliet is the second ballet from Swedish born composer S.J. Pettersson. This time it is written and performed for and by a chamber orchestra, albeit with some odd instrumentation thrown in for good measure. His approach is as usual very poly-stylistic with an oboe melody opening the Prologue as a nod to Tchaikovsky and a violin passage in the elegy like movement that conjures up Prokofiev.
Then we hear Bartok like aggressive pieces mixed with hyper romantic melodies reminiscent of Satie set in a post minimalist soundscape that in spite of the varied ingredients still manages to retain a firm consistency as a whole. His approach to telling the story progresses “backwards” with the death scene of the two Star Cross'd lovers opening the ballet and the rest of the story being told as a flashback focusing almost exclusively on the two main characters. All of the titles are culled from the play by Shakespeare and the people knowledgeable with the play will have no problems putting them in context of the story. The instrumental (and vocal) performances are nothing short of heartbreaking and the work is performed by some of the finest classical musicians around today including Yana Reznik on the piano and Maksim Velichkin on cello just to name two. It is truly a remarkable and magic journey that concludes triumphantly as an homage to love, rather than the tragedy of two lovers unintended suicide.


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