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Prokofiev – Symphony No.6

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Catalogue numberBIS-SACD-1994
Release date2013-02-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz

Klassik Heute 10/10/10 March 2013; Music Web International, May 2013: "BIS has a winner here. No Prokofiev disc has better sound quality than this and with performances of the highest quality, purchase is not a difficult decision"; Pizzicato 4 notes, May 2013; Klassik.com Double 5, double 4 stars, May 2013.


Premièred in January 1945, Sergei Prokofiev’s optimistic and heroic Fifth Symphony had seemed to herald the victorious end of World War Two. In stark contrast to this, his Symphony No.6, which received its first performance in 1947, is one of his deepest and most personal works. Although it was greeted with enthusiasm by the audience, the Soviet authorities were critical of the work and in 1948 a Party resolution singled it out as ‘abnormal’ and ‘repellent’. In fact, the first ideas for the symphony preceded those for the Fifth, and date from a period when the issue of the war was still uncertain. Early in 1945 the composer had suffered a collapse, from which he never completely recovered and which forced him to live the life of an invalid with almost constant headaches. In regard to the work, Prokofiev himself stated: ‘Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed.’ This haunted symphony is here coupled with two works which illustrate a very different side of the composer, his gift for creating vivid musical images that can sum up a scene in a few bold strokes. These are the ever-popular suites from The Love for Three Oranges, the tragic-comical opera from 1921, and from the film score to Lieutenant Kijé, a light-hearted satire from 1934. The original film score included two songs, which form the second and fourth movements of the concert suite. Often performed in a version for solo saxophone and orchestra, these are heard in this recording in their original vocal form, performed by the Ukranian baritone Andrei Bondarenko. With acclaimed previous recordings of music by Prokofiev, as well as by Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, Andrew Litton and his Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra are a tried-and-tested team in this repertoire, and once again make the most of the enormous palette of colours and moods provided by these three scores.
 
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  Composer: Prokofiev, Sergey
  Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op.111 (1945–47) 42:34
01 I. Allegro moderato 14:26 $ 3.46 USD
02 II. Largo 15:58 $ 3.83 USD
03 III. Vivace 12:10 $ 2.92 USD
 
 
  Composer: Prokofiev, Sergey
  Lieutenant Kijé, Suite symphonique, Op.60 (1933) 19:52
04 I. Naissance de Kijé 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
05 II. Romance 04:07 $ 0.99 USD
06 III. Noces de Kijé 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
07 IV. Troïka 02:52 $ 0.69 USD
08 V. L’Enterrement de Kijé 05:45 $ 1.38 USD
 
 
  Composer: Prokofiev, Sergey
  The Love for Three Oranges, Symphonic Suite, Op.33b (1921) 16:34
09 I. The Clowns 02:59 $ 0.72 USD
10 II. The Magician Celio and Fata Morgana Play Cards (Infernal
Scene)
03:41 $ 0.88 USD
11 III. March 01:48 $ 0.43 USD
12 IV. Scherzo 01:29 $ 0.36 USD
13 V. The Prince and Princess 03:57 $ 0.95 USD
14 VI. Flight 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
 
  Album total 01:19:00
ComposerProkofiev, Sergey
ConductorLitton, Andrew
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
BaritoneBondarenko, Andrei

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