Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev 'Romeo and Juliet'
A good intelligent pairing, steady of pulse, grippingly recorded and totally committed.
"The recording delivers in sheer horsepower as well as in subtlety. The first can be appreciated in the contrast between whispered tension and blurted out fortissimo in the first movement. The way the solo cello pages reach out to you from the Right Hand speaker in The Child Juliet is unique and most tellingly done. Otaka suits me very well not least because he excels at the extremes of yielding innocence and black tragedy. At Otaka's broader pace detail after detail emerges to satisfying effect. If you fear that he weakens the faster movements try the final one in this sequence: Death of Tybalt which fairly pelts along."
Rob Barnett, Musicweb-international.com
A good intelligently conceived pairing, steady of pulse, grippingly and transparently recorded and totally committed.
Otaka is a conductor I now follow closely – rather belated, I grant you. The trigger was his Rachmaninov - first the piano concertos with Lill and then the symphonies. His readings impress and so do the Nimbus recordings made in the Brangwyn Hall. Interestingly his teachers were Keilberth, Sawallisch, Matacic and Saito. With this disc he turns his hand to two Russians' ways with Romeo and Juliet.