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Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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  • Composer: Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (March 1 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0000014CV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #232,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dreams, Op. 6 (Symphonic Tableau)
2. Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8
3. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical': Allegro
4. Symphony No. 1 In D Major, Op. 25 'Classical': Larghetto
5. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical': Gavotte: Non troppo allegro
6. Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 'Classical': Finale: Molto vivace
7. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Allegro ben articolato
8. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Thema
9. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation I
10. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation II
11. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation III
12. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation IV
13. Sympnony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation V
14. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Variation VI
15. Symphony No. 2 In D Minor, Op. 40: Thema

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By A Customer on Sept. 16 1999
Format: Audio CD
Gramophone magazine didn't like this recording and there are some points in that review that I have to agree on. The first symphony IS slow until the finale and seems to go on forever. However I did like the second symphony, a strong and purposefull reading of an quite difficult work. The strings do tend to be swamped by the brass sometimes but it did not bother me that much. And the two shorter tone-poems are performed beautifully with commitment and lovely stringplaying. In short, buy this one for the rare items, but not for the first symphony.
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I purchased this because I heard a performance of the Second Symphony but didn't want to spend a lot. I really got my money's worth! Kuchar and the Ukrainian NSO put in an excellent performance, and the recording quality is fine. My only quibble is with the liner notes, which state that there is 'no Scriabin influence' in the early Opus 6 'Dreams' which is included (there certainly is)! I highly recommend this CD.
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I can't believe it. They actually want money for this recording.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4f6ec6c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f79e1c) out of 5 stars Awesome Second Oct. 5 2009
By Silenos - Published on Amazon.com
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No doubt, there will be some who will find Kuchar's reading of Prokofiev's First too slow and pan the whole disc accordingly: this would be a mistake. It's true that Kuchar's First is to crisper, more lithe readings of the score what, say, fifties renderings of Bach's Mass are to later versions done on authentic instruments. But in the present context, sandwiched as it is between the late Romantic stylings of Dreams and Autumn (redolent of Scriabin and Rachmaninov but still lovely) on the one hand, and the brutalist but still Romantic (a Romanticism, defined broadly, of industry that is, akin to the Italian Futurists, rather than one with the usual pastoral connections) Second Symphony on the other, Kuchar's weightier First works exceedingly well. As such, the disc is a marvel of programming. It's fascinating, for instance, how the more pensive variations and the closing thema of the neglected Second echo the contemplative beauty of the earlier Dreams (if in a more anxious manner). If only for the awesome, superbly well done Second symphony, this Naxos set is a no brainer.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f7edf8) out of 5 stars A mixed bag Sept. 16 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gramophone magazine didn't like this recording and there are some points in that review that I have to agree on. The first symphony IS slow until the finale and seems to go on forever. However I did like the second symphony, a strong and purposefull reading of an quite difficult work. The strings do tend to be swamped by the brass sometimes but it did not bother me that much. And the two shorter tone-poems are performed beautifully with commitment and lovely stringplaying. In short, buy this one for the rare items, but not for the first symphony.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4fa21d4) out of 5 stars Great recording & performance, a real bargain Feb. 15 1999
By AA5L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this because I heard a performance of the Second Symphony but didn't want to spend a lot. I really got my money's worth! Kuchar and the Ukrainian NSO put in an excellent performance, and the recording quality is fine. My only quibble is with the liner notes, which state that there is 'no Scriabin influence' in the early Opus 6 'Dreams' which is included (there certainly is)! I highly recommend this CD.



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