Prokofiev: Cinderella Suites Nos. 1-3; Scythian Suite; On the Dnieper

Prokofiev: Cinderella Suites Nos. 1-3; Scythian Suite; On the Dnieper

     
 

Sumptuous and tender-hearted, voluptuous and exquisitely beautiful, Theodore Kuchar and the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra's 1994 recording of the three suites from Prokofiev's ballet "Cinderella" could only be improved if there were more of it. And the only way there could be more of it would be if Kuchar and the U.S.S.O. had recordedSee more details below

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Sumptuous and tender-hearted, voluptuous and exquisitely beautiful, Theodore Kuchar and the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra's 1994 recording of the three suites from Prokofiev's ballet "Cinderella" could only be improved if there were more of it. And the only way there could be more of it would be if Kuchar and the U.S.S.O. had recorded the whole ballet. But not only are the excerpts extremely well played and supremely persuasively interpreted, they each make sense in context of the suites so that each suite forms a compelling whole rather than a collection of concert hall favorites. Besides, if Kuchar and the U.S.S.O. had recorded the whole "Cinderella" ballet, there wouldn't be room on the second disc for what the English so charmingly call fillers. And the fillers are just as fine in their way as the "Cinderella" suites are in theirs. Kuchar and the U.S.S.O.'s "Scythian Suite" is the first recording of the work that makes it sound lovely and lyrical, or at least as lyrical and lovely as such an ungainly and awkward work could ever sound. And Kuchar and the U.S.S.O.'s suite from "On the Dnieper" is far and away the most polished, passionate, and compelling performance of the work ever recorded, which would probably be true even if there were more than two other recordings of the work. Naxos' sound is superb: clear, warm, and immediate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/1996
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099596824
catalogNumber:
8550968-69
Rank:
164870

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Tracks

  1. Cinderella, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 107  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  2. Cinderella, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 108  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  3. Cinderella, Suite No. 3 for orchestra, Op. 109  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  4. Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  5. On the Dnieper (Sur le Borysthène), ballet, Op. 51  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra

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