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

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Vol. 1

Prokofiev: Symphonies Vol. 1


 

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

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Onyx - ONYX4137

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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 ****

EMI 20th Century Classics - 9072312

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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


Building a Library

First Choice - February 2007

Decca - Double Decca - 4705282

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

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44

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


“Two of Prokofiev's lesser symphonies get fine performances from this Kiev orchestra.” Fanfare

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Naxos - 8553054

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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


Philips - 4784823

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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

Archipel Records - ARPCD0530

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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


Recorded 1950 and 1953

Naxos Classical Archives - 980330

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

Prokofiev:

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

Sinfonietta, Op. 5/48


Chandos - CHAN8442

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

Prokofiev:

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

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


Orchestre de Ia Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Jean Martinon

Testament - SBT1296

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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7


Prokofiev:

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

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


Profil Medien - PH05003

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$12.75

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