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Symphony 6 / Love for Three Oranges


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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Not Great Prokofiev Sixth July 25 2014
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Sergei Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony is a favorite of mine, so when I came across this CD at my library I was highly interested. I found the performance to be a good but not a great one. I like the energy that Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra bring to the first movement, which comes off powerfully with a good tempo. By contrast, the middle movement is taken too slow to be plodding in some sections. Slatkin’s timing in this movement is 16:51 as compared to Mravinsky (on Russian disc) which clocks in at 12:55. The Finale has good level of energy, but the orchestra’s performance is a bit lackluster. A high point is the great brass climax which is played magnificently. The great orchestral screams at the end of the movement are a bit drawn out and the concluding bars do not have the drama and the underlying threat that Mravinsky and Valery Gergiev bring to the score. My favorite recordings of the Sixth remain Mravinsky, Gergiev and Jarvi.

The Overture of Hebrew Themes is well played with the musicians entering into the playful spirit of the music. The suite from Love for Three Oranges receives a good performance but not a deeply memorable one. The recording is clear with a good separation of the instruments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Routine in the Sixth Sym. but an attractive program Jan. 13 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
As a program this is an attractive CD. Prokofiev's Sixth Sym. is seriously nelgected in the catalog, and here we have a first-rate orchestra, the National Symphony, in quite good osund from 1996. They play well for Slatkin, who unfortunatley finds little inner life in the score--his lumpish Sixth is a thing of fitful gestures and no overall purpose. There's some energy in the Scherzo but even that is without spark.

Better is the Over. on Hebrew Themes in its orchestral guise--it's one of Prokofiev's most attractive short works. Rather than bringing out its Jewishn folk flavor, Slatkin plays it as blandly as early Samuel Barber. The spiky suite from The Love of Three Oranges shows a bit more spark, but not enough to resuce a routine outing. One is left to ponder what hapened after Slatkin's early promise.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best 6th ! July 13 2008
By Robert Mcgowan - Published on Amazon.com
Those who think this a great performance of a neglected masterpiece need to sample other sources. Walter Weller (Decca) and Neeme Jarvi (Chandos) are far better than Slatkin who is just great with American music but rather light when it comes to Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Gergiev's recent live recordings of the Prokofiev symphonies has unpleasant sound in spots but his performance of the 6th is quite good. They ought to reissue the Ormandy recording stuck in Columbia's vaults somewhere. It's a rather romantic approach to Prokofiev but a great performance nevertheless. For some reason this work is difficult to bring off and probably will always be overshadowed by the more popular 5th.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best prokofiev 6 and very nice Oranges Sept. 6 2003
By Zachary S. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
I have yet to hear a better sym. 6 or Oranges than that presented on this recording. Sounds great, awesome performance.

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