Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
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|1. Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44: Moderato|
|2. Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44: Andante|
|3. Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44: Allegro Agitato|
|4. Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44: Andante Mosso - Allegro Agitato|
|5. Symphony No.4 In C Major, Op.47 (Original 1930 Version): Andante Assai - Allegro Eroico|
|6. Symphony No.4 In C Major, Op.47 (Original 1930 Version): Andante Tranquillo|
|7. Symphony No.4 In C Major, Op.47 (Original 1930 Version): Moderato, Quasi Allegretto|
|8. Symphony No.4 In C Major, Op.47 (Original 1930 Version): Allegro Risoluto|
That these symphonies are not more famous than they are simply amazes me. Prokofiev understood the nature of symphonic writing, and after the dainty cuteness of Symphony 1, he was ready to make his own mark. The Symphony 3 (1929) begins with a brash sense of alarm, then becomes quieter, more operatic in nature. And the composer's weird clashing harmonies are throughout the piece. Two versions of the Symphony 4 (1940) exist. This is the original version, which is shorter than the latter 1940 version. Neeme Järvi and the SNO have recorded the entire series for Chandos, and these are the ones to have. --Paul Cook.
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As was noted elsewhere, Prokofiev poached this music from his opera 'The Fiery Angel' when, after 10 years, he was unable to get it staged. The opera is about a woman who keeps having visions and she can't tell if they are an angel or the devil. The music lives up to this lofty billing, alternately mixing the beatific and the infernal, until it ends in a mad, farcical romp. On the very short list of works you can't live without...