Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6



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2nd April 2013




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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6


Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Andrei Bondarenko (baritone)

The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a



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A popular programme of works including the orchestral suite for the film score of Lieutenant Kijé. The original film score contains two songs which are often performed by solo saxophone and orchestra but are recorded here in their original (but seldom heard) version for baritone voice.

With acclaimed previous recordings of music by Prokofiev, as well as Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and most recently Rachmaninov, Andrew Litton and his Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra are a tried-and-tested team in this repertoire. They make the most of the enormous palette of colours and moods provided by these three scores.

The orchestra has toured extensively in the UK at the beginning of the year, and Litton has appeared on several radio programmes including a Radio 3 documentary and in-Tune.

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111

I. Allegro moderato

II. Largo

III. Vivace

Sergey Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60

I. The Birth of Kije

II. Romance

III. The Wedding of Kije

IV. Troika

V. The Interment of Kije

Sergey Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33bis

I. The Clowns

II. The Magician and the Witch play cards

III. March

IV. Scherzo

V. The Prince and Princess

VI. The Flight

Sunday Times

8th July 2013

“It’s brave of Litton’s Bergeners to open what one hopes will be a Prokofiev symphony cycle with the unjustly neglected Sixth...Litton makes a strong case for regarding it as vintage mature Prokofiev, and one that reveals a more introspective spirit...A winner.”

The Arts Desk

30th March 2013

“Litton’s Bergen forces project the score’s steely punch and spare scoring with aplomb...You’d pay full price for the symphony alone. Litton generously provides bonuses in the form of spry, witty performances of the suites...Brilliant BIS sonics add to the impact.”

International Record Review

May 2013

“Melancholy and menace...Litton shows profound sympathy for both of them...The orchestra seems to have flourished durings its decade under Litton: its sheen is seductive, balances and ensemble are expert, dynamics are artfully shaded and the solo parts are delivered with sensitivity and auspicious release.”

MusicWeb International

2nd May 2013

“This is the best recorded sound this symphony has received to date...Litton knows exactly how to make the most of it, when to dwell on detail and when to propel the argument forward...Litton directs the symphonic suite with a close eye on the rhythmic subtleties of Prokofiev's score.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2013

“Litton and his orchestra sound nimble, translucent and just a tad underpowered. Then again, with relatively few fluctuations of tempo within the unforced pulse set for each movement, the clarity of the argument is never in doubt.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2013


“Prokofiev's most profound slow movement has the proper Wagnerian breadth...Litton's work on detail here is unstinting, and it pays off in the whirling dissolve as Lieutenant Kijé, the soldier who never was, is 'buried' in the ingeniously scored suite.”

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