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

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100


Third (and last but one) instalment in James Gaffigan/Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra's ongoing series of Prokofiev's complete symphonies.

Nos. 1 and 5 are surely the most famous and beloved of Prokofiev's symphonies. They were written in a time-span of 27 years (the former in France, the latter in Soviet Union) they display two much different faces of the composer's musical personality.

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (RFO), founded in 1945, is an essential link in the Dutch music life. The RFO performs symphonic concerts and operas in concert, as well as many world- and Netherlands premieres.

Markus Stenz was appointed chief conductor in 2012, after predecessor as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Willem van Otterloo, Hans Vonk, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden. The RFO has worked with internationally highly regarded conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antal Doráti, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Mariss Jansons, Peter Eötvös, Vladimir Jurowski and Valery Gergiev. The American conductor James Gaffigan is principal guest conductor since the season 2011-2012. Bernard Haitink has connected his name to the RFO as patron.

The RFO has build an extensive CD catalogue, with works by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson, James MacMillan and Jan van Vlijmen, the registration of Wagner's Parsifal, Lohengrin, die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Complete symphonies of Bruckner, Rachmaninow, Shostakovich and Hartmann have been released in recent years.

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Choir will be awarded the Concertgebouw prize of 2017.

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Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite & Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite & Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7


Prokofiev:

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131


The first recording of the Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 by DSO Berlin directed by Tugan Sokhiev captured international attention (5 stars from Fono Forum). Now a new recording is being released of Prokofiev’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7 as well as the “Lieutenant Kijé” Suite. The First Symphony is easily the most famous orchestral work by the Russian composer. The work is marked by joyfulness, vitality, and refined rhythm. At the same time, Prokofiev surprises listeners with a compositional style reminiscent of the music of Joseph Haydn. Prokofiev’s Seventh and final symphony also features the compositional style of Haydn, thus creating a link between his first and final symphony. The work is captivating because of its Oriental tonal landscape, expressive instrumentation full of striking effects and overwhelming, sumptuous orchestral splendour. The program is rounded off by an exceptional recording of the Lieutenant Kijé Suite. Initially composed as a film score, today this work still fascinates concert-goers all over the world. The fourth movement in particular will be familiar to most listeners as a well-known Christmas theme.

“[Sokhiev] is certainly mindful of the parody rife in Lieutenant Kijé and the militaristic colours heralding the ‘virtual’ hero’s birth are painted in bold strokes with cartoonish thwacks on the bass drum like a 21-gun salute. The Romance is cut of coarse cloth, a little on the sleazy side, and ‘Kijé’s Wedding’, with its comically pompous trumpet and tuba alliance, hints at a dowdy (cue saxophone) provincial affair” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

“The young Russian’s laid-back style is far removed from, say, Gergiev’s in this repertoire, but it brings rewards in the composer’s two most “classical” symphonies, packed with witty pastiche and rollicking high jinks.” Sunday Times, 4th June 2017

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Sony - 88985419432

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Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition & Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1


Mussorgsky:

Pictures at an Exhibition

orch. Ravel

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'


Philippe Jordan conducts the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris in much-loved works by Russian composers: Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Ravel’s famous orchestration. Directly before the recording sessions, a concert featuring both works prompted this response from ResMusica: “Philippe Jordan, known for his precision in interpreting a score, exhibited superb authority in a programme that showed off the orchestra to great effect and astonished the ear with its profusion of colours … Pictures at an Exhibition was marvellous from beginning to end.”

Commenting on his life as a conductor in the French newspaper Les Échos, Jordan said: “My feeling is that activity both in the orchestral pit and on the concert podium is necessary for a full appreciation of what a conductor’s life has to offer.” The Swiss-born maestro is much admired for the refinement he draws from orchestras; as Gramophone observed of his Erato release of Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloé, recorded with the orchestra of the Paris Opéra: “He graces the rhythms and dynamics with natural, malleable inflection and crafts the textures with such care.” For all that, Jordan believes that “Sheer beauty of sound is not enough … you have to find the particular soundworld of each work, of each composer.”

“The playing [in the Ravel] is excellent...but the rough edges have been sanded away to such an extent that what's left is pebble-smooth...the Classical Symphony is played with panache, the glossy Parisian veneer perfect for Prokofiev's Haydnesque wit. Woodwind solo are exquisitely played, especially the garrulous flute passages in the helter-skelter finale.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“The Paris Opéra’s young music director reminds us that Pictures at an Exhibition is one of Ravel’s great orchestral scores, bringing Gallic finesse to Mussorgsky’s craggy piano original.” Sunday Times, 7th May 2017

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Maksymiuk

Maksymiuk


Bacewicz:

Concerto for Strings

Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048

Baird, Tadeusz:

Elegeia

Bartók:

Divertimento for Strings, Sz. 113

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Sinfonia Varsovia

Jarzebski:

Tamburetta

Maksymiuk:

Vers per archi

Sinfonia Varsovia

Mozart:

Divertimento in D major, K136

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Sinfonia Varsovia

Rossini:

String Sonata No. 3 in C major

Stravinsky:

The Firebird Suite

Sinfonia Varsovia


Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk

Jerzy Maksymiuk and Sinfonia Varsovia go back to their roots – the orchestra signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics recalling the time and its tradition when it was cooperating closely with the EMI record label. The album is a special gift from the orchestra to Jerzy Maksymiuk for his 80th birthday and launches the cooperation between Warner Classics and Sinfonia Varsovia.

“The appearance of the unparalleled talent of Jerzy Maksymiuk on our musical landscape and the ensuing artistic phenomenon that bears the name of the Polish Chamber Orchestra was a sui generis earthquake for all of us” writes Adam Rozlach in the liner notes. The latest album: MAKSYMIUK | Sinfonia Varsovia contains the quintessence of the style and repertoire of the charismatic Maestro leading his beloved orchestra, whose international renown he helped create and to which he is strongly attached to this day.

The double album showcases both carefully remastered historical recordings and new interpretations recorded in 2015. The works appearing on the album were selected by Maestro Maksymiuk himself. The CDs include compositions by Mozart, Bach, Rossini, as well as Debussy, Bartók and Stravinsky. Works by Polish composers have always been an important part of Jerzy Maksymiuk’s repertoire, so this anniversary collection would not be complete without them. Alongside works by Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird and Adam Jarzębski is a composition by the Maestro himself (Vers per archi).

...work with no other orchestra has ever given me as much satisfaction as my work as soloist and conductor for the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra – Yehudi Menuhin, 29 August, 1991

The album is a sentimental journey back to the time when Jerzy Maksymiuk’s chamber players drenched audiences attending their first concerts with fireworks of technique and artistry hitherto unseen in musical performance before. It is also a record documenting the famous conductor’s work with his beloved orchestra today. The album is a valuable compendium which sets out the notable landmarks in the history of one of the most extraordinary musical friendships on the Polish music scene.

Janusz Marynowski, director of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra said: “A proposal to release this album seemed to us the most beautiful gift possible for our friend – Jerzy Maksymiuk, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2016. In this way the orchestra wanted to thank him for several decades of musical cooperation. The album is also a calling card for our future projects together, including an anniversary concert devoted to the Maestro, which will take place at the National Philharmonic concert hall on 9 April 2016.”

The Polish Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1972, originally as an orchestra at the Warsaw Chamber Opera for the performance of chamber operas, but with the ambition of performing concert repertoire. The ensemble became independent and years of work with talented young musicians under an equally young conductor – Jerzy Maksymiuk brought impressive results. The orchestra quickly turned out to be a sensation in its home country, and started an international career. Later on, the Polish Chamber Orchestra developed into the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra that has been maintaining the traditions of this renowned ensemble until now, being one of the best and most recognizable Polish symphony orchestras in the world. Apart from Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductors associated with the group included other legendary artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Marc Minkowski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Warner Classics - 2564603935

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40

Sinfonietta, Op. 5/48

Autumnal sketch, Op. 8


The first release in Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Prokofiev Symphony cycle – Symphonies Nos 3 & 7 set the bar very high, and their second instalment has been eagerly awaited.

Volume 2 charts Prokofiev’s development as a symphonist through the charming but undervalued 'Sinfonietta', a close cousin to the First Symphony known as the Classical, to the strident , modernistic Second, composed in Paris in 1924 . This work was to be ‘as hard as iron and steel’ the composer said. Closing this disc is the early symphonic poem 'Autumnal Sketch' Op.8 from 1910, revised in 1915 and again in 1934, sounding rather like a blend of Richard Strauss and Scriabin - a world away from Paris and the 2nd Symphony!

“The performances here identify closely with style and idea, illuminating the scores with sensitivity and panache and, in the case of the First Symphony, refreshing a well-known work with ear-catching spark.” The Telegraph, 10th November 2014

“a realisation of unrivalled clarity and balance, closely observed by the microphones. When Karabits spoke to the audience prior to a performance at the Lighthouse Poole, he made much of the ear-lashing to come. This recording feels less confrontational.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“the dedicated Karabits never shirks the considerable demands of the score...It is hard to fault Karabits and the BSO in this rewarding A major score [the Sinfonietta]. Exuberantly performed Prokofiev’s joyous and capricious writing abounds in positive energy and never feels overdone or trivial … Karabits’ attempts are creditable and the listener will find in them much to engage.” MusicWeb International, 26th January 2015

“this disc is most enthusiastically recommended, the more so as the recording quality is so good that one is soon seduced by its quality as to be able to concentrate entirely on the outstanding performances.” International Record Review, February 2015

Onyx Kirill Karabits Prokofiev Symphony Cycle - ONYX4139

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Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Ballet Suites

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Ballet Suites


Prokofiev:

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 2, Op. 64b (excerpts)

Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1, Op. 64a (excerpts)

Romeo & Juliet (highlights from ballet Suites 1 & 2)

[1] Montagues and Capulets / Dance of the Knights  5:30

[2] The Child Juliet  4:08

[3] Friar Lawrence  2:41

[4] Morning Dance  2:23

[5] Minuet  3:24

[6] Masks  2:07

[7] Death of Tybalt  5:41

[8] Dance  2:04

[9] Romeo at Juliet's Grave  6:42 


Alto - ALC1258

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Claudio Abbado Conducts Prokofiev, Hindemith & Janáček

Claudio Abbado Conducts Prokofiev, Hindemith & Janáček


Hindemith:

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Janacek:

Sinfonietta

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts

Chout (The Buffoon): ballet suite, Op. 21b (excerpts)


Orchestral showpieces such as those grouped here were among the most obvious beneficiaries of the advances in recording technique pioneered by Decca from the late 1950s onwards. Works which may have seemed dauntingly complex to an earlier generation of gramophone collectors could now be captured with startling clarity, due in no small part to the improved acoustic spread, and it was at this time that the great twentieth-century classics began to win a larger audience.

When the young Claudio Abbado came to make these recordings in London in the 1960s (he was 32 at the time of his very first Decca session on 11 February 1966 at which the recordings of Prokofiev’s Chout and Romeo and Juliet were begun), he had already begun to demonstrate his commitment to contemporary Italian music, and so it is perhaps not too surprising that he should have been contracted to record these classic works from the twentieth-century orchestral repertoire. This release is also interesting as an early document of Abbado’s relationship with the LSO in 1966, eventually becoming its principal conductor in 1979.

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Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'


Alto - ALC1086

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 & 6

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 & 6


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Paris Conservatoire Orchestra

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

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


This and the other two 2-CD sets - 4800830 and 4800837 - represent all of Ansermet's Prokofiev recordings for Decca (with the exception of a mono recording of the March and Scherzo from The Love for Three Oranges). Both the Paris Conservatoire and the Suisse Romande versions of the 'Classical' Symphony are included.

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100


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Decca - 4218132

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