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Prokofiev - Suites from The Gambler & The Stone Flower

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Catalogue numberBIS-2301 SACD
Release date2020-04-03
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:17

Throughout his career, Sergei Prokofiev wrote a large number of works for the stage – some of them highly successful, others less so. Whichever the case, Prokofiev would rarely miss the opportunity of recycling the score in one way or another – staying more or less close to the original in an orchestral suite or using it as material for a completely new work, such as the Third and Fourth symphonies (based on the ballet The Prodigal Son and the opera The Fiery Angel, respectively.) The present disc combines suites created from Prokofiev’s very first opera (The Gambler, 1915–17) and his very last ballet (The Stone Flower, 1948–53). Based on a short novel by Dostoyevsky, The Gambler doesn’t have separate numbers that can easily be detached. Instead Prokofiev created ‘portraits’ of the four main characters, by re-assembling the music associated with them throughout the opera.

The plot of The Tale of the Stone Flower was based on a collection of folk and fairy tales from mining communities of the Ural Mountains, and Prokofiev composed a 150-minute score in an idiom relying on folk elements and nineteenth-century musical traditions. While waiting for official permission to have the ballet performed, he planned a number of orchestral suites. On this recording, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and their principal conductor Dima Slobodeniouk splice together two of these compilations: the Wedding Suite, Op. 126 and the Gypsy Fantasy, Op. 127, both of which were performed before the ballet itself, in 1951. The result is preceded by the opening of the actual ballet, entitled The Mistress of the Copper Mountain. These suites frame the brief Autumnal Sketch, one of the composer’s earliest acknowledged works for orchestra.
 
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  Composer: Prokofiev, Sergey
  Four Portraits and Dénouement from ‘The Gambler’, Op. 49 26:05
01 I. Alexis 05:12 $ 1.25 USD
02 II. La Grand’Mère 06:27 $ 1.55 USD
03 III. Le Général 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
04 IV. Pauline 06:34 $ 1.58 USD
05 Dénouement 04:51 $ 1.16 USD
 
06 Autumnal Sketch for orchestra, Op. 8 06:44 $ 1.62 USD
 
  From the ballet The Tale of the Stoneflower
07 The Mistress of the Copper Mountain 04:14 $ 1.02 USD
 
  Wedding Suite, Op. 126 11:49
08 I. Amorous Dance 06:21 $ 1.52 USD
09 II. Dance of the Fiancée’s Girl-Friends 02:00 $ 0.48 USD
10 III. Maidens’ Dance 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
 
  Gypsy Fantasy, Op. 127 08:10
11 I. Introduction 00:35 $ 0.14 USD
12 II. Gypsy Dance 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
13 III. Severian’s Dance 01:38 $ 0.39 USD
14 IV. Dance of the Gypsy Girl 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
15 V. Mass Dance 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
 
  Wedding Suite (cont.) 05:30
16 IV. Ceremonial Dance 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
17 V. Wedding Dance 03:29 $ 0.84 USD
 
  Album total 66:17
ComposerProkofiev, Sergey
ConductorSlobodeniouk, Dima
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra

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