Written in 1944, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit”. The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
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“This exceptional account of Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is partnered by a revelatory performance of The Year 1941, while the recording bursts out of the speakers on blu-ray.”
21st March 2014
“Alsop seems to me to do pretty well in realising both the power and the lyricism in Prokofiev’s writing...She also brings off the slow movement successfully, balancing the lyricism that informs much of the music against the moments when the skies darken. The generally high-spirited finale, with its often brittle orchestration, is done with spirit and élan.”
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