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Syms 1/5/Lieutenant Kije Suite

Sergei Prokofiev Audio CD


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Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100: Andante - S. Prokofiev
2. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100: Allegro marcato - S. Prokofiev
3. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100: Adagio - S. Prokofiev
4. Symphony No. 5 In B Flat Major, Op. 100: Allegro giocoso - S. Prokofiev
5. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical Symphony': Allegro - S. Prokofiev
6. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical Symphony': Larghetto - S. Prokofiev
7. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical Symphony': Gavotta. Non troppo allegro - S. Prokofiev
8. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical Symphony': Finale. Molto vivace - S. Prokofiev
Disc: 2
1. Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: The Birth of Kije
2. Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: Romance
3. Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: The Wedding of Kije
4. Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: Troika
5. Lieutenant Kije Symphonic Suite, Op. 60: Burial of Kije
6. Suite From The Love For Three Oranges, Op. 33a: Les Ridicules
7. Suite From The Love For Three Oranges, Op. 33a: Le Magicien Tchelio et Fata Morgana jouent aux crates (Secene infernale)
8. Suite From The Love For Three Oranges, Op. 33a: Marche
9. Suite From The Love For Three Oranges, Op. 33a: Scherzo
10. Suite From The Love For Three Oranges, Op. 33a: Le Prince et la Princesse
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The main attraction here is Michael Tilson Thomas's 1991 account of the Fifth Symphony with the LSO. Of all the available versions, none matches it for idiomatic feeling, spot-on accuracy of playing, and sonic excellence. One is struck by the extraordinary detail in Thomas's reading of the piece--it's all there in the score, but for once, one actually hears it in performance. Even more impressive is the magnificence of the overall conception. The cinematic sweep of this music, and the powerful emotions it evokes, emerge unmistakably. Thomas also captures the lightness and acerbic wit that make the Classical Symphony so remarkable. The breadth of the programming on this 2-CD set, which includes the popular Lt. Kijé Suite as well as a suite drawn from Prokofiev's wartime ballet Cinderella, makes it a particularly worthwhile offering. --Ted Libbey

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5.0 out of 5 stars The grandeur of the human spirit on disc June 12 2000
By Scott Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Sergei Prokofiev's "Fifth Symphony" is monumental in a number of ways. The Opus 100 for any composer is a landmark. It is a milestone in the life of a creating musical artist. Prokofiev chose to celebrate this by writing a symphony which would celebrate "the grandeur of the human spirit" - and he has done just that. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the London Symphony Orchestra remarkably. The composer's text is epic - calling for an enormous orchestra. Prokofiev often augmented the highs and lows in his orchestration: E-flat clarinet, piccolo, xylophone and bells - piano, bass drum, tuba, contrabassoon et al, respectively. What is most extraordinary about this particular recording is the detail and finesse with which the orchestra plays. There are many moments of excitement and sensation. MTT makes the most of many moments and leads the work with fire at times, subtlety and quiet intensity at others. There is some careless brass vibrato at times, more piano-tremolo than necessary at other times, but always bravaura and emotion throughout. Montreal may have a better First Movement with Dutoit, and Karajan may have the more historic reading - but this recording is not be to ignored. It is essential in the recorded history of the work, and in the conductor's personal catalogue of work on disc. Very exciting output! The rest of the collection contains fine recordings of Prokofiev's oeuvre - even the "Classical Symphony, op. 25", a mainstay in the repertoire of every major orchestra. Colin Davis is not quite the inspiration in his accounts, but is able and provides decent interpretations. Well-worth owning at this great price. A must-own for the Fifth, truly one of Prokofiev's greatest works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SLIGHT DAMAGE BUT OK Oct. 30 2013
By fifi - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS WAS ADVERTISED AS GENTLY USED. IT HAS AT LEAST ONE SMALL DAMAGE, BUT IS STILL QUITE LISTENABLE IF THAT DOESN'T BOTHER YOU..
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