- Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
- Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Whoo-hah! Oh, baby, that's how Prokofiev ought to sound: big, loud, proud, and overwhelmingly powerful. While one might argue that there are Soviet performances do a better job of catching the unique spirit of the composer -- one thinks immediately of Yevgeny Mravinsky's awe-inspiring recordings -- one could not argue that German conductor Klaus Tennstedt does not catch the unique spirit of the composer's music. In this pair of recordings from 1977 of Prokofiev's "Fifth" and "Seventh" symphonies with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tennstedt shows himself to be as insightful a Prokofiev conductor as he was a Mahler conductor. This is not to say that Tennstedt's Prokofiev sounds at all like his Mahler; where his Mahler was extravagantly dramatic and intensely emotional, his Prokofiev is extraordinarily heroic and immensely monumental. In the "Fifth," Tennstedt's approach ideally suits the music, creating an epic symphonic fresco celebrating hard-won victory and hoped-for peace. In the "Seventh," Tennstedt's approach takes a work too often interpreted as nostalgic and transforms it into something grandly heroic. Anyone who already knows and loves Prokofiev's symphonies will want to hear these recordings. Profil's digital remastering of the live radio broadcast originals is a bit raw, but immediate and honest.
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