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

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Prokofiev: Symphonies 4, 6 & 7 & Piano Concertos 4 & 5

Prokofiev: Symphonies 4, 6 & 7 & Piano Concertos 4 & 5


Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112 (revised version)

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

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

Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 53

Alexei Volodin (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55

Sergei Babyan (piano)


This major release launches the Mariinsky label’s projects to honour the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev’s birth. A long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev conducts Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, coupled with Piano Concertos Nos 4 and 5. The result is a 2-SACD set programmed to showcase some of Prokofiev’s finest works written before and after the Second World War.

Prokofiev began his 4th Symphony in 1929, drawing from the musical material of his ballet 'The Prodigal Son'. The Symphony was premiered the following year, though he substantially revised the work 17 years later. Symphony No. 6 was written in 1947 as an elegy to the tragedies of World War II. Speaking of the Symphony, Prokofiev said, "Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds which cannot be healed. One man’s loved ones have perished, another has lost his health. This must not be forgotten."

The 7th Symphony was completed in 1952, a year before the composer’s death. It was well-received and was awarded the prestigious Lenin Prize in 1957 at Miami’s Knight Concert Hall. Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 4. Premiered in Berlin in 1956, by the West Berlin RSO, it was written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, and was the only one of Prokofiev’s piano works that was not performed during his lifetime. Alexei Volodin’s performance was described as "superbly controlled and beautifully subtle" by The Guardian. The American-Armenian musician Sergei Babyan performs Prokofiev’s last complete piano concerto, No 5. The Telegraph reviewer was sufficiently moved to say: "Never have I seen so many fast and furious hand-crossings, so many dizzying flights from top to bottom of the keyboard, all performed flawlessly".

“Continuing an already impressive own-label cycle, this well filled set is even finer … The symphonies…are in a league of their own – the finale of the sixth is as exciting as any on record – and, with excellent SACD sound, this is shaping up to be an unmissable series.” Classical Music, February 2016

“The band's distinctive timbre creates an aura of authenticity. So too does Alexei Volodin's sensitive account of the Fourth Piano Concerto” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“Alexei Volodin (in the Fourth) and Sergei Babayan (in the Fifth) approach the fast movements with mercurial wit and dazzling clarity of fingerwork…Gergiev and the Mariinsky accompany with razor-sharp rhythmic precision and play the three post-war symphonies with conviction and commitment…I was particularly impressed by the clarity of texture and structural lucidity achieved” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 *****

“Volodin and Babayan acquit themselves with élan, making both problematic scores come alive” International Piano, March 2016 ***

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7


 

Alternative ending for Symphony No. 7

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44

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


This is the first release in a survey of all seven Prokofiev Symphonies from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Karabits has had access to the Prokofiev family archive and throughout this project there will be quite a few surprises, such as music from the early Symphony in G of 1902 and works such as 'Dreams' Op. 6, 'Autumnal Sketch' Op. 8 and 'Two Poems for orchestra and Women’s Chorus' Op. 7, as well as the 'Sinfonia Concertante' for cello & orchestra. Each CD booklet contains an interview with Karabits in conversation with Prokofiev expert Daniel Jaffé.

The 3rd Symphony makes extensive use of music from the opera 'The Fiery Angel'. It was premiered in 1929 under Pierre Monteux and is vividly colourful, sensual and exciting. The 7th dates from 1952, the year before the composer’s death. Intended as a work for young people, it is beautiful, yet enigmatic and reflective, harking back to the great ballet scores. Prokofiev provided an alternative ‘upbeat’ conventional ending to the symphony at the request of colleagues so as not to provoke criticism from the Soviet authorities. This alternative finale can be heard after the 7th symphony on this CD. Today the work is always performed with the peaceful ‘leave taking’ ending that the composer preferred.

“Karabits has certainly not gone for the most popular – testifies not only to his persuasive command of the idiom but also to the way he has managed to inculcate such an apt-sounding timbre and flair into the Bournemouth orchestra’s manner of playing...Altogether this is a highly auspicious start to what should be a keenly collected series.” The Telegraph, 13th March 2014

“The beauty here is the retrospective Symphony No 7, last of the lot, delivered at exactly the right weight, its black sorrows balanced by tender ironyIn the turbulent drama of the Third...Karabits could have delivered extra blood and guts, but there’s no doubting the orchestra’s present flair in Russian repertoire.” The Times, 14th March 2014 ***

“The rich, dark “Russian” sound and nimble virtuosity he gets from the band are vivid successes of his regime in Bournemouth.” Sunday Times, 30th March 2014

“Karabits argues that the Third has a logic of its own, unrelated to the opera, and maintains his case in a truly terrifying yet detailed performance that precariously balances formal tautness with atrocious emotional intensity. The Seventh, he claims, is "a very tragic work", which is pushing it, though his interpretation is unnervingly bleak.” The Guardian, 11th April 2014 *****

“the Bournemouth Orchestra can hold its head high in the most august company. These two performances are terrific.” MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014

“Two of Prokofiev’s least familiar symphonies...find unexpectedly persuasive advocates in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Ukrainian chief conductor Kirill Karabits, who unerringly identifies the composer’s lyrical and acerbic extremes.” Financial Times, 26th April 2014 ****

“Karabits, supported by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's outstandingly responsive playing, gives an utterly compelling account of the Third...Karabits's performance of No. 7, with both its reflective conclusion and the alternative upbeat ending recorded, is if anything even more remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“Those who find a ruthless, high-octane manner unpalatable even in music as inescapably OTT as Prokofiev's Third Symphony will welcome Karabits's cooler, more analytical approach...I don't think I have heard this score rendered with greater sophistication than it is in the Lighthouse, Poole...the music emerges refreshed.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

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Prokofiev - Symphonies

Prokofiev - Symphonies


Prokofiev:

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

London Symphony Orchestra

Autumnal sketch, Op. 8

London Symphony Orchestra

Overture on Hebrew Themes, for clarinet, string quartet & piano, Op. 34

Puddy (clarinet), Ashkenazy (piano), Gabrieli Quartet

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

Concertgebouw Orchestra

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

The Cleveland Orchestra

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

The Cleveland Orchestra


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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7


Prokofiev:

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

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


The second volume in the ongoing series devoted to Prokofiev's symphonic output from American conductor James Gaffigan and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, pairs the final two symphonies, the Sixth and Seventh.

Following the cycle’s powerful start with Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (CC72584), once again these are two works separated by just few years in composition: 1945 and 1952. The harmony in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 is fundamentally tonal, replete with omens and dissonances that sometimes resolve but sometimes testify to his predilection for abrupt shifts of mood, derived from film music, or for unpredictable gear changes from lyrical to more restless melodies.

The Seventh symphony is one of the last works completed by Prokofiev before his death. The composer was seriously ill in his final years and continued to compose only with the greatest difficulty. It is difficult to imagine this background when listening to the piece, which the composer himself regarded as a ‘children’s symphony’. Written for children it may have been, but it contains absolutely nothing childish or childlike.

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Prokofiev: Symphonies No. 1 'Classical Symphony' & No. 7

Prokofiev: Symphonies No. 1 'Classical Symphony' & No. 7


Prokofiev:

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

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

(revised version)


Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev

Exton - OVCL00384

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

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


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Sergey Prokofiev, Vol. 1 (1946, 1953)

Sergey Prokofiev, Vol. 1 (1946, 1953)


Prokofiev:

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

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sergey Koussevitzky

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

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy


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Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante for Cello & Orchestra, Symphony No. 7

Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante for Cello & Orchestra, Symphony No. 7


Prokofiev:

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Heinrich Schiff (Cello)

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


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Rudolf Kempe in Munich live 1960

Rudolf Kempe in Munich live 1960


Mozart:

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Arthur Grumiaux (violin)

Prokofiev:

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

Ravel:

Boléro


Sinfonieorchester des Bayrischen Rundfunks, Rudolf Kempe

Recorded in Munchen 9th - 11th November 1960

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos 5 & 7 & Sinfonia Concertante

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos 5 & 7 & Sinfonia Concertante


Prokofiev:

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

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle

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

London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn

Sinfonia Concertante in E minor for cello & orchestra, Op. 125

Han-Na Chang (cello)

London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

Suite from ‘Cinderella’, Op. 87

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Irving


Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was, along with Dmitri Shostakovich, the greatest Russian composer of the Soviet Period. Unlike his compatriot, Prokofiev left revolutionary Russia in 1918, not returning until 1935.

All of the works in this set were written during the final years of the composer's life. Indeed, the Sinfonia Concertante and Seventh Symphony were his final two compositions. The Fifth Symphony was composed during the War and first performed, with Prokofiev conducting, in 1945. It was an instant success and has become one of the composer's most popular works.

“Ha-Na Chang gives a mesmerising performance of the Symphony-Concerto. Robert Irving's 1957 account of the Cinderella Suite hardly betrays its age, and Rattle's 1992 recording of Symphony No. 5 remains highly competitive” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ****

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