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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
Sergey Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60
I. The Birth of Kije
III. The Wedding of Kije
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
V. The Prince and Princess
VI. The Flight
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.”
“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 colour...an auspicious release.”
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.”
“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.”
“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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