Prokofiev: Prodigal Son; Symphony No. 4

Prokofiev: Prodigal Son; Symphony No. 4

     
 

Brilliant music, brilliant performances, brilliant sound, and even brilliant programming: this disc has it all. Prokofiev's "L'enfant prodigue, Op. 46," is surely his best Western ballet, a work with lyrical melodies, warm harmonies, irresistible rhythms, and colorful orchestrations. Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 4" is surely his best WesternSee more details below

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Brilliant music, brilliant performances, brilliant sound, and even brilliant programming: this disc has it all. Prokofiev's "L'enfant prodigue, Op. 46," is surely his best Western ballet, a work with lyrical melodies, warm harmonies, irresistible rhythms, and colorful orchestrations. Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 4" is surely his best Western symphony, a work with rigorous structures, vigorous rhythms, glorious themes, and radiant orchestrations. Theodore Kuchar and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine's performances are surely as good as the best either work has ever gotten. Their "L'enfant prodigue" is lyrical, dramatic, powerful, and always danceable. Their "Symphony No. 4" is strong, serious, and always luminous. Naxos' sound is as good as the best of the major labels: clear, deep, detailed, reverberant, and always ravishing. Even the programming is better than any either work has ever received because the symphony is for once coupled with the complete ballet from which much of its music is drawn so that the two works can be compared side by side.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1999
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0730099405522
catalogNumber:
8553055
Rank:
260744

Tracks

  1. The Prodigal Son, ballet, Op. 46  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine  - James Tissot
  2. Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112 (second version)  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine  - James Tissot

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