Sergey Prokofiev: A Portrait

Sergey Prokofiev: A Portrait

     
 

If you don't know anything about Sergey Prokofiev, this two-disc set from Naxos is the place to start. The choice of repertoire is excellent. From the very early "Dreams" through the very late "Symphony-Concerto," every phase of the composer's career is represented. And from solo piano works like the "Seventh Sonata"'s closing Precipitato through chamber works like… See more details below

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If you don't know anything about Sergey Prokofiev, this two-disc set from Naxos is the place to start. The choice of repertoire is excellent. From the very early "Dreams" through the very late "Symphony-Concerto," every phase of the composer's career is represented. And from solo piano works like the "Seventh Sonata"'s closing Precipitato through chamber works like the Andante of the "First String Quartet" and ballets like "Cinderella"'s Grand Waltz to purely orchestral works like the "Fifth Symphony"'s Allegro marcato, every aspect of the composer's output is represented -- albeit only in excerpts and with the conspicuous exception of his operas. The choice of performances, while necessarily limited to recordings made for Naxos, are also first-rate. Pianist Kun Woo Paik is flashy yet solid in the excerpts from the "First" and "Third" piano concertos and violinist Tedi Papavrami is brilliant but soulful in the excerpts from the "First" and "Second" violin concertos. But best of all are Theodore Kuchar and the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra in 10 of the selections, including excerpts from five of the composer's seven symphonies. And the nearly 100-page biography by Gregory Hart is as fine an introduction to Prokofiev the man and the composer as there is in English.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943820223
catalogNumber:
8558202
Rank:
262891

Tracks

  1. Dreams, symphonic poem, Op. 6  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: Movement 1. Allegro brioso  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Kun Woo Paik  - Antoni Wit
  3. Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20: Movement 1. Invocation to Veles and Ala  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  - Kun Woo Paik  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  4. Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25: Movement 4. Finale. Molto vivace  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  5. The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: Movement 3. March  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Andrew Mogrelia  -  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice
  6. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: Movement 1. Andante - Allegro  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Kun Woo Paik  - Antoni Wit
  7. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: Movement 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Tedi Papavrami  - Antoni Wit
  8. Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44: Movement 3. Allegro agitato - Allegretto  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  9. Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112 (second version): Movement 3. Moderato quasi allegretto  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  10. String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50: Movement 3. Andante  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Aurora String Quartet
  11. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: Movement 2. Andante assai - Allegretto - Andante a  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra  - Tedi Papavrami  - Antoni Wit
  12. Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60: Movement 1. The Birth of Kijé  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Mogrelia
  13. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Dance of the Knights  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Andrew Mogrelia  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  14. Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Love Dance  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Andrew Mogrelia  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  15. Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67: Movement 9. The Procession  - Sergey Prokofiev  - John Lanchbery  -  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra  - Edna Everage
  16. Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 78: Movement 5. Battle on the Ice  - Sergey Prokofiev  -  Russian State Symphony Orchestra  - Dmitry Yablonsky  -  Stanislavsky Chorus
  17. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83: Movement 3. Precipitato  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Bernd Glemser
  18. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100: Movement 2. Allegro marcato  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  19. Cinderella, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 108: Movement 5. Cinderella at the Palace - Movement 6:  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  Ukraine State Radio Symphony Orchestra
  20. Pushkin Waltzes (2), for orchestra, Op. 120: No. 2 in C sharp minor  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  21. Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: Movement 4. Vivace  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  22. Sinfonia Concertante for cello & orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: Movement 3. Andante con moto - Allegretto - Allegr  - Sergey Prokofiev  - Theodore Kuchar  -  National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine  - Alexander Rudin

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