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Symphony No. 6/Waltzes Op. 110


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  • Composer: Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (July 31 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B00000143T
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 6 In E Flat Major, Op. 111: Allegro moderato
2. Symphony No. 6 In E Flat Major, Op. 111: Largo
3. Symphony No. 6 In E Flat Major, Op. 111: Vivace
4. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: Since We Met
5. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: Cinderella In The Palace
6. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: Mephisto Waltz
7. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: End Of The Fairy-Tale
8. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: Waltz For The New Year's Ball
9. Waltzes, Suite For Orchestra, Op. 110: Happiness

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By A Customer on June 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to both the Jarvi and this performance, and I would not call this performance poor at all. I in fact like the mixing better with the large hall sound. For the price, you can't go wrong.
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By Ken on Oct. 21 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is really a poor perfromance. You could do so much better with Jarvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra on Chandos.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good deal Dec 24 2010
By P. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD offers performances of Prokofiev 6 and the Waltzes that are well played and recorded and are very competitive. I've never cared for the Jarvi P6, mainly because the Chandos recording is lacking in low end - so essential in Prokofiev - and because the SNO does not have the right sound for this music. My favorite is Previn/LA Phil but this Naxos CD worth while. The old Ormandy is also very good but is out of print, and Sony in their lack of wisdom hasn't issued it - I have a bootleg copy. Slatkin is also pretty good if a bit bland.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of best of Symphony No.6 available with some regrettable flaws June 6 2013
By Timothy R. O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Both the Symphony No.6 and No.7 have often been criticized as being musically inferior to the first five of Prokofiev's symphonies, perhaps due to pressure the composer was receiving from the repressive Stalinist regime. Despite this, I have always liked them both, particularly the more complex Symphony No.6.

From the sound of it, I am guessing that this symphony is not easy to interpret.

Compared to this work, Prokofiev's much vaunted Fifth is structurally and emotionally fairly straight forward. On both of these levels, the No.6, or at least the opening movement of it, is all over the place! I believe the best way to approach and appreciate this wonderful work would be to closely follow what might be best described as the "mood shifts" that occur within it. At one moment the mood is dark, sometimes bordering on despair, at other times, "hopeful" and, finally, in the last movement,"frivolous" and "gay". Question: after all that you have heard in the first two movements and part of the third, do you believe the composer was really all that "happy and gay" or do you think he's just putting on a good front?

My favorite recording of the Symphony No.6 is Eugene Ormandy's formerly on CBS and now apparently lost somewhere in Sony's basement! Ormandy was a noted interpreter of Prokofiev (also of Kodaly,Rachmaninoff, Sibelius and Respighi!)and Sony should make all of his great recordings available to the world!

This is the best I've heard of several recordings currently available, including one by Neeme Jarvi and another by Andrew Litton. I think that maestro Kuchar is generally more patient and sensitive to the shifting emotional nuances than the others; not quite as sensitive as Eugene Ormandy.

One of the "flaws" I mentioned is Kuchar's lack of sympathy for the doleful melody that precedes the march the end first movement. I believe that this particular section, with its poignant message of both "hope" and "resignation" defines the entire work.

On the whole, this performance is first-rate!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Prokofiev waltzes Aug. 8 2005
By Craig R. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't know if people are familiar with the Waltzes, but they are very interesting. A little different than Strauss! It helps to have the pocket score to follow along. I picked up the score in Moscow, otherwise I probably would never have heard of the waltzes. They're good. Anyone who likes 20th century Russian music will like them.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I would not call this performance poor June 21 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to both the Jarvi and this performance, and I would not call this performance poor at all. I in fact like the mixing better with the large hall sound. For the price, you can't go wrong.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Finest March 8 2006
By paul best - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Read my review of Jarvi's set/complete set to get my opinion.
Kuchar, highly recommended in all Prokofiev/syms/orchestral.

Kuchar, the finest set of Prokofiev syms
Compared to the fine Muti/Philadelphia's 3,5 and Rozh's set with the USSR/Consonance.


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