“I have always wanted to record Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5,” says Paavo Järvi. “I consider it one of the best symphonies of the 20th century. Symphony No. 5 is brilliant in its newness, language and construction. On the other hand, Lieutenant Kijé Suite shows the much lighter side of Prokofiev as he brings the character to life in a unique and almost comical way.”
“Listenable as it is, this Fifth is not exactly high-octane and competition is fierce. The luminous glow cannot be gainsaid, yet the overall effect is worryingly small-scale, even unidiomatic. Lieutenant Kijé at least responds perfectly to this essentially colouristic treatment. ...with natural warmth, extended brass response and an iridescent sonic palette to perk up the most jaded audiophile.”
“This magnificent interpretation”
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