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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Editorial Reviews

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: 281,620

Tracks

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