Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 7 (Complete)

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 - 7 (Complete)

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1st Sept 2008




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Following the successful publication on Cappriccio of all Shostakovich’s symphonies on CD, Dmitrij Kitajenko once again collaborates with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln to perform the complete recording of all of Sergey Prokofiev’s seven symphonies. Together they embark on a very challenging project, both in terms of time and level of technical difficulty, a project that demanded huge efforts and potential from the orchestra conductor alike.

Prokofiev’s symphonies could not be more varied. They were written at different times throughout the composer’s life and each one individually reflects the pressure of political dictatorship and forced submission to merciless censorship that was prevalent throughout the Soviet-era. On the other hand, the huge energy, the hopes and desires, emotional and social messages conveyed between the lines could not be vanquished even by dictators and censors.

Dimitrji Kitajenko, the Lenningrad born conductor, was a child of the late Russian-socialist period so knows exactly how to decrypt the text and shows us how in every single phase of this new complete recording.

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, "Classical"

I. Allegro

II. Larghetto

III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro

IV. Finale: Molto vivace

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

I. Moderato

II. Allegretto

III. Andante espressivo

IV. Vivace

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

I. Allegro ben articolato

II. Theme

II. Variation 1

II. Variation 2

II. Variation 3

II. Variation 4

II. Variation 5

II. Variation 6 and Theme

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44

I. Moderato

II. Andante

III. Allegro agitato - Allegretto

IV. Andante mosso - Allegro moderato

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 47 (original 1930 version)

I. Andante assai - Allegro eroico

II. Andante tranquillo

III. Moderato, quasi allegretto

IV. Allegro risoluto

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4, Op. 112 (revised 1947 version)

I. Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto

II. Andante tranquillo

III. Moderato quasi allegretto

IV. Allegro risoluto

Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

I. Andante

II. Allegro marcato

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro giocoso

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

I. Allegro moderato

II. Largo

III. Vivace

BBC Music Magazine

January 2009


“…there's handsome playing throughout; but a vital lack of rubato robs the interpretations of inner life.”

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