Prokofiev: The Symphonies

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though there have been other complete cycles of the seven symphonies of Sergey Prokofiev over the years, the most obvious comparison for this 2007 cycle with Dimitrji Kitajenko leading the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is Valery Gergiev's 2004 cycle with the London Symphony. Both sets feature Russian conductors with Western orchestras and include the original and the revised versions of the "Fourth Symphony." But though it might initially be suspected that the charismatic Gergiev would take the prize, Kitajenko comes out on top in a direct comparison. Both are talented and experienced conductors and both seem comfortable with Prokofiev's unique blend of warm lyricism and harsh...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Though there have been other complete cycles of the seven symphonies of Sergey Prokofiev over the years, the most obvious comparison for this 2007 cycle with Dimitrji Kitajenko leading the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is Valery Gergiev's 2004 cycle with the London Symphony. Both sets feature Russian conductors with Western orchestras and include the original and the revised versions of the "Fourth Symphony." But though it might initially be suspected that the charismatic Gergiev would take the prize, Kitajenko comes out on top in a direct comparison. Both are talented and experienced conductors and both seem comfortable with Prokofiev's unique blend of warm lyricism and harsh modernism, but Kitajenko consistently goes further into the Soviet modernist's music than Gergiev. Where Gergiev's "First Symphony" is simply a cheerful pastiche, Kitajenko's is a slyly witty send-up of Classical conventions. Where Gergiev's "Second," "Third," and original "Fourth" are long on modernist energy and short on symphonic structure, Kitajenko's, while no less energetic, are far more formally balanced and structurally convincing. Where Gergiev's revised "Fourth," "Fifth," and "Sixth" are grandiloquent examples of social realism, Kitajenko's are grandly moving examples of twentieth century symphonism. And where Gergiev treats the highly ambivalent "Seventh" as a light and lively piece of late-in-life whimsy, Kitajenko grants it the depth and emotional ambiguity it deserves. This is not to say that Gergiev's cycle lacks merits. It is superbly played and conducted and Philips' digital recording is big, brawny, and colorful. But Kitajenko's cycle seems to speak with more authority on more profound issues, and Phoenix Edition's digital sound is cleaner, clearer and detailed. Though committed Prokofiev enthusiasts will want to hear both, they may find themselves more often returning to Kitajenko's cycle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Phoenix Edition
  • UPC: 811691011356
  • Catalog Number: 135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (14:56)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 1 Allegro
    2. 2 Larghetto
    3. 3 Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
    4. 4 Finale: Molto vivace
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (33:36)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 5 Moderato
    2. 6 Allegretto
    3. 7 Andante espressivo
    4. 8 Vivace
Disc 2
  1. 1–8 Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (39:41)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 1 Allegro ben articolato
    2. 2 Thema
    3. 3 Variation
    4. 4 Variation
    5. 5 Variation
    6. 6 Variation
    7. 7 Variation
    8. 8 Variation und Thema
  2. 9–12 Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (36:49)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 9 Moderato
    2. 10 Andante
    3. 11 Allegro agitato
    4. 12 Andante mosso - Allegro agitato
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 47 (first version) - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (27:12)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 1 Andante assai - Allegro eroico
    2. 2 Andante tranquillo
    3. 3 Moderato, quasi allegretto
    4. 4 Allegro risoluto
  2. 5–8 Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112 (second version) - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (40:01)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 5 Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto
    2. 6 Andante tranquillo
    3. 7 Moderato, quasi allegretto
    4. 8 Allegro risoluto
Disc 4
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (45:20)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 1 Andante
    2. 2 Allegro marcato
    3. 3 Adagio
    4. 4 Allegro giocoso
Disc 5
  1. 1–3 Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111 - Sergey Prokofiev & Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne (45:08)
    Composed bySergey Prokofiev
    Conducted byDmitri Kitayenko
    Performed byGürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, Dmitri Kitayenko
    1. 1 Allegro moderato
    2. 2 Largo
    3. 3 Vivace
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Performance Credits
Dmitri Kitayenko Primary Artist
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