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Prokofiev: The Stone Flower [Double CD]

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Listen  1. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Prologue 1: The Mistress of the Copper MountainBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Prologue 2: Danilo and his workBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:380.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 1: Danilo in search of the stone flowerBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 1: Danilo meets his fellow villagersBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:090.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 1: Scene and duet of Katerina and DaniloBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 1: Interlude I: Severyan and the workersBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Round danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Katerina bids farewell to her friendsBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Maiden's danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Danilo's danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Unmarried men's danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Severyan's arrivalBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Altercation over the malachite vaseBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:480.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Scene of Katerina and DaniloBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 2: Danilo's thoughtsBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act I Scene 3: Danilo enticed away by the Mistress of the Copper MountainBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: The Mistress shows Danilo the treasures of the earthBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: Duet of the Mistress and Danilo [first temptation]BBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: Scene and Waltz of the Diamonds [second temptation]BBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: Dance of the Russian precious stones [third temptation]BBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: WaltzBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:150.59  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: Danilo's monologue and the Mistress's replyBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: The Mistress shows Danilo the stone flowerBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:150.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 4: Severyan and the workers; the Mistress's warningBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 5: Scene and Katerina's dance [thinking of Danilo]BBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 5: Severyan's arrivalBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 5: Where are you, sweet Danilo?BBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:260.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act II Scene 5: The appearance of the Mistress and Katerina's joyBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 6: Ural RhapsodyBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 8:40Album Only
Listen  9. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 6: Interlude IIBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 7:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 6: Russian danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Gypsy danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:140.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Severyan's danceBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:470.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Solo of the gypsy girl and CodaBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Katerina's appearance and Severyan's rageBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:070.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: The appearance of the Mistress and Scene of Severyan transfixedBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Severyan follows the MistressBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act III Scene 7: Severyan's deathBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 8: Katerina sits by the fire and yearns for DaniloBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 8: Scene and Katerina's dance with the skipping fire-spiritBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 8: Katerina follows the fire-spiritBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 9: Katerina's dialogue with the MistressBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 9: Danilo turned to stoneBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 9: The joy of Katerina and Danilo's reunionBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:160.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 9: The Mistress presents gifts to Katerina and DaniloBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:070.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Skaz o kammenom tsvetke (The Tale of the Stone Flower), Op. 118: Act IV Scene 9: EpilogueBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 1:310.59  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Score 30 Jan 2007
By G. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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After years of being entranced by segments of the score on some obsecure recording lable, I finally came across this full length recording and became completely overwhelmed: I was in love with the score. Several years later I had the opportunity to choreograph and design a new production of Stone Flower. During the creative time I reallized that one cannot listen to the score as only an accompaniment to a story-ballet. No, it is far more than that; it is the musical evocation of the composers deep and abiding love of his country. Prokofiev has exposed every aspect of who he is in this remarkable work: from the earthy, rhythmical folk sections, to the wonderment he would have experienced were he to enter the realm of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, every note, every theme, is pure. On the surface the story seems quite elemental, however, it is far more than that: it is the story of artistic sacrifice and an examination of what love truly is. The Stone Flower is Prokofiev's "lost work" - no one knows it! It should be elevated into the pantheon of standards. Unfortunately, the only version anyone has seen is that lumbering Bolshoi production that is laughable at best. Were a choreographer of the calibre of a Nummeier or Killiam, someone not casting glances back to the Communist era, to get the vision of this work, then something truly remarkable could happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Work 21 Feb 2006
By Alexander K. Naylor - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first read of The Stone Flower it was described as an "abstract" ballet. Although its plotline is a little odd, it is in the tradition of Russian national romanticism, and though it is not innovative like Prokofiev's earlier work it is still pleasing enough to listen to. The ballet's emotional theme is a bit sentimental, but overall I believe that Prokofiev's last work has been underrated. The "Swan" melody from Ivan the Terrible has been well-altered for this work, and the bits from "Summer Day" also fit well into the ensemble. There are arresting original themes, too, such as that of the Mistress of Copper Mountain, the Dance of the Russian Jewels, and the Ural Rhapsody. The ballet's music does get repetitive near the end, so though it is not Prokofiev's best work it is still a fine piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Melodious Ballet 23 Nov 2012
By David A. Wend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sergei Prokofiev conceived the Stone Flower as a grand ballet in the tradition of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Originally, Prokofiev had a different subject in mind - Pushkin's The Stone Guest - but chose a national ballet following the infamous Zhdanov degree of 1948. However, Prokofiev had more than a passing interest in the story, set the Urals, as he had traveled in the area as a young man and had been impressed by the beauty of the mountains. The music was composed between 1948 and 1953. Prokofiev completed the orchestration just hours before his death. The premiere was held on February 12, 1954 by the Bolshoi Ballet.

The ballet takes its inspiration from folk tales by the Ural author Pavel Bazhov and centers on the stonecutter Danilo, who temporarily forsakes his betrothed, Katerina, to accompany the Mistress of Copper Mountain to her realm. There, the Mistress shows him a legendary flower made of stone. Danilo becomes determined to carve one like it in malachite, a deep green marble-like mineral native to Russia. In the meantime, Katarina is harassed by the story's villain, the drunken Severyan. To the rescue comes the Mistress of Copper Mountain, who captures him and compels the ground to open and swallow Severyan whole. Katarina searches for Danilo and finds him, but their reunion is spoiled when the Mistress becomes upset that he wants to leave the mountain paradise now that he has learned the secret of making the stone flower. Briefly, Danilo himself is turned to stone. In the end, however, Danilo gains the Mistress' respect through his love for and fidelity to Katarina, and the lovers depart to live happily ever after.

The Stone Flower has generally been neglected with few recordings of the complete ballet. The music is usually recorded in excerpts with the Ural Rhapsody from act three always being included as a highlight. The ballet has more of the divertissement dances of traditional full-length Russian ballets than Prokofiev included in Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella, so there are memorable dances and more reworking of prior melodies. The ballet is very tuneful, with twenty or more memorable melodies. Some of the music was recycled from earlier Prokofiev works: the festive No. 7, Round Dance, is borrowed from the film score for Ivan the Terrible; Nos. 14, Katerina and Danilo, and 19, Waltz of the Diamonds, are sourced in Music for Children, for piano, Op. 65, (Nos. 11 and 6, respectively). Prokofiev's orchestration is colorful, sometimes exotic, particularly in the Russian and Gypsy dances.

I first heard the completed ballet in a recording conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, which is unfortunately no longer available. This recording by Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra brings out the rich lyrical melodies. His tempi are sometimes a bit slow as compared to the Rozhdestvensky but a good sense of melody is maintained. The Chandos sound quality is superb.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prokofiev: The Stone Flower 5 May 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Prokofiev: The Stone Flower is a 2003 Chandos Records Ltd recording starring the BBC Philharmonic under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda. David Nice has written the music notes. Being a huge fan of Prokofiev I absolutely loved this recording. Truly a fine recording indeed. 5/5.
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