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Sergey Prokofiev: A Portrait

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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: 636943820223
  • Catalog Number: 8558202
  • Sales rank: 332,412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreams, symphonic poem, Op. 6 - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (11:19)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10: Movement 1. Allegro brioso - Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch & Sergey Prokofiev (6:48)
  3. 3 Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20: Movement 1. Invocation to Veles and Ala - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (5:57)
  4. 4 Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25: Movement 4. Finale. Molto vivace - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (4:25)
  5. 5 The Love for Three Oranges, suite for orchestra, Op. 33 bis: Movement 3. March - Andrew Mogrelia & Sergey Prokofiev (1:36)
  6. 6 Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26: Movement 1. Andante - Allegro - Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch & Sergey Prokofiev (9:30)
  7. 7 Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19: Movement 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo - Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch & Sergey Prokofiev (3:53)
  8. 8 Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44: Movement 3. Allegro agitato - Allegretto - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (7:50)
  9. 9 Symphony No. 4 in C major, Op. 112 (second version): Movement 3. Moderato quasi allegretto - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (6:01)
  10. 10 String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50: Movement 3. Andante - Aurora String Quartet & Sergey Prokofiev (9:33)
  11. 11 Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63: Movement 2. Andante assai - Allegretto - Andante a - Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orch & Sergey Prokofiev (10:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60: Movement 1. The Birth of Kijé - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra & Sergey Prokofiev (4:15)
  2. 2 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Dance of the Knights - Andrew Mogrelia & Sergey Prokofiev (5:54)
  3. 3 Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64: Act 1. Love Dance - Andrew Mogrelia & Sergey Prokofiev (5:48)
  4. 4 Peter and the Wolf, children's tale for narrator & orchestra, Op. 67: Movement 9. The Procession - John Lanchbery & Sergey Prokofiev (4:34)
  5. 5 Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 78: Movement 5. Battle on the Ice - Sergey Prokofiev & Russian State Symphony Orchestra (12:16)
  6. 6 Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83: Movement 3. Precipitato - Bernd Glemser & Sergey Prokofiev (3:20)
  7. 7 Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100: Movement 2. Allegro marcato - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (8:37)
  8. 8 Cinderella, Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Op. 108: Movement 5. Cinderella at the Palace - Movement 6: - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (8:21)
  9. 9 Pushkin Waltzes (2), for orchestra, Op. 120: No. 2 in C sharp minor - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (4:10)
  10. 10 Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131: Movement 4. Vivace - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (8:45)
  11. 11 Sinfonia Concertante for cello & orchestra in E minor, Op. 125: Movement 3. Andante con moto - Allegretto - Allegr - Theodore Kuchar & Sergey Prokofiev (11:04)
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