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  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004SA89
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 "Classical Symphony" - 1. AllegroBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 "Classical Symphony" - 2. LarghettoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 "Classical Symphony" - 3. Gavotta (Non troppo allegro)Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 1:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D, Op.25 "Classical Symphony" - 4. Finale (Vivace)Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Symphony No.6 in E flat, Op.111 - 1. Allegro moderatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa15:21Album Only
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Symphony No.6 in E flat, Op.111 - 2. LargoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa14:35Album Only
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Symphony No.6 in E flat, Op.111 - 3. VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa12:16Album Only


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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Symphony No.2 in D minor, Op.40 - 1. Allegro ben articolatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa12:10Album Only
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Symphony No.2 in D minor, Op.40 - 2. Theme and VariationsBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa24:48Album Only
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Symphony No.7, Op.131 - 1. ModeratoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 9:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Symphony No.7, Op.131 - 2. AllegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 7:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Symphony No.7, Op.131 - 3. Andante espressivoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Symphony No.7, Op.131 - 4. VivaceBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 9:00£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44 - 1. ModeratoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa13:27Album Only
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44 - 2. AndanteBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44 - 3. Allegro agitatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 8:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44 - 4. Andante mossoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Symphony No.4 in C, Op.47/112 - Revised version - 1. Andante - Allegro eroicoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa14:31Album Only
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Symphony No.4 in C, Op.47/112 - Revised version - 2. Andante tranquilloBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 9:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Symphony No.4 in C, Op.47/112 - Revised version - 3. Moderato, quasi allegrettoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 8:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev: Symphony No.4 in C, Op.47/112 - Revised version - 4. Allegro risoluto - Andantino - Allegro come primaBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa10:38Album Only


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Listen  1. Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100 - 1. AndanteBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa11:51Album Only
Listen  2. Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100 - 2. Allegro marcatoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 8:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100 - 3. AdagioBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa11:13Album Only
Listen  4. Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat, Op.100 - 4. Allegro giocosoBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 9:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60 - 1. Naissance de KijéBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60 - 2. RomanceAndreas Schmidt and Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60 - 3. Noces de KijéBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60 - 4. TroïkaAndreas Schmidt and Berliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60 - 5. Enterrement de KijéBerliner Philharmoniker and Seiji Ozawa 6:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A/Burrows TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2011
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I was very interested to hear the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's recordings of all of Prokofiev's Symphonies and Lieutenant Kije suite. The other box set of Prokofiev's Symphonies I have are by the Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Neeme Jarvi and they are excellent. How does the BPO/Seiji Ozawa compare? Well, both Orchestras have different and distinctive sounds. The SNO strings have a lighter sound to the richer strings of the BPO. In my opinion both sounds suit the complexities of Prokofiev's music, making it vibrant and exciting.

The really standout Symphony for me in the BPO/Ozawa box set is the Classical Symphony which is delightfully played with a lightness about it but with a strength as well. Other standout Symphonies in the box set are the second and third Symphonies [strong yet reflective playing especially in the brass], and the sixth [great emotional intensity and richness from the strings.] The Lieutenant Kiji Suite is also superbly recorded making this box set sit proudly in anyone's Prokofiev collection.
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Sometimes orchestras develop such a strong identification with a particular tradition that one must doubt their success in other traditions. One instance of this has been the performance of Austro-German repertoire by Soviet and ex-Soviet orchestras: somehow, they seem too beefy, too strident to provide convincing results.

The obverse could apply to Prokoviev performed by the Berlin Philharmonic: how can the BPO's core Brahms, say, inform the acerbic qualities required? In fact, the results in this set are convincing except for a rather flaccid Classical; the key symphonies, 2 and 6, receive appropriately powerful and weighty perfomances.

One major issue is the recording acoustic, in my experience a problem with the BPO over years: it is thick and lacks concert-hall resonance, strange for an orchestra famed for its Bruckner. For Prokofiev, this is a lesser problem but must be noted. Perhaps this is at bottom the issue that the first reviewer finds so off-putting.
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2009
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Please do not buy this boxed set even though it is remarkably cheap. For whatever reason absolutely NONE of the recordings is in anyway competitive with any of the competition. Somehow it seems that Ozawa and the Berlin Philharmonic were acting at cross-purposes when setting these discs down and the actual recording quality is really rather shallow. A brief comparison with any of the discs from the magnificent Jarvi/Scottish National set on Chandos Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies which only costs about £6.00 more will show just how Prokofiev SHOULD sound in a top-notch series of interpretations and will illustrate exactly why you should not buy this Ozawa compilation.
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
An Underrated Prokofiev Symphony Cycle 26 Dec. 2001
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Much to my amazement, Seiji Ozawa's Prokofiev symphony cycle with the Berlin Philharmonic hasn't earned the critical praise it deserves. These are insightful, vibrant interpretations replete with the Berlin Philharmonic's charismatic warm and brilliant playing. I am very impressed with Ozawa's ability to lead the Berliners in a series of commanding performances of Prokofiev's scores. All of these are memorable, yet the strongest are undoubtedly the 1st, 5th and 7th symphonies. The tempi don't sound sluggish, but instead, tend to be slightly brisk. The warm, rich sound is aided by the fact that most of these recordings were made in the Jesus Christ Kirche studio used by Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in many of their classic 1960's and 1970's Deutsche Grammophon recordings. Although this may not be the definitive set of Prokofiev's symphonies, it is nonetheless a collection of admirable performances and one worth acquiring at this price.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent! 9 Oct. 2003
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Prokofiev was not known mainly as a symphonist, but listening to the Berlin Philharmonic play the entire cycle convinces me that he has not been properly appreciated. The First is of course the most often played, and while a charming pastiche, was merely a youthful warm-up for the works that were to follow. I find the Second to be incredible, a modernist masterpiece. Prokofiev moved toward a more lyrical, romantic style as he matured, but the Second Symphony is one of the great achievements of his earlier period.

The Third and Fourth both developed from staged works: the opera "The Fiery Angel" and the ballet "The Prodigal Son." They are the least successful as symphonies, it seems to me, but are still tremendously enjoyable, especially as played by the BPO. The Fifth and Sixth are generally seen to be Prokofiev's best symphonies, especially the Sixth. I can see why, though if I had to choose two, I would say the Second and Sixth. The Sixth got Prokofiev in trouble, denounced for "formalism," and the Seventh was part of his rehabilitation. It is a lovely piece, but lacking the depth and innovation of earlier works.

This set is magnificent on every level, from performance, to Ozawa's conducting, to DG's beautiful package. The cover photo of steel girders captures the hackneyed notion of "the Soviet composer," and is really only appropriate for the steely constructivism of the Second Symphony, but excellent design nonetheless. There are no plastic jewelcases -- each disc comes in its own sleeve, like a vinyl LP, resting in a box along with the informative booklet. This is a package that this splendid music deserves.

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Best complete set, but this isn't your grandpa's "Lt. Kije" 29 Sept. 2004
By Martin Selbrede - Published on Amazon.com
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I concur with the reviewers who saw exceptional merit in the (undeservedly) obscure symphonies (namely, those other than 1 & 5). Each sound-world has its own charms. One can hear antecedent rumblings of the 5th lurking in the 4th -- as if in nascent form, waiting to open the matrix of the womb. The melodic invention seems bottomless, and the penchant for boldly painted colors never flags. The low brass surprised me at many points -- it seems Ozawa (or his engineers) had coaxed something out of them that was hard to come by under Karajan's baton. While one can argue over Ozawa's take on individual symphonies (e.g., I'd take de Burgos over Ozawa on the 1st), a Complete Set has to be evaluated on its own terms. This one is a true five-star find.

The Lieutenant Kije suite will shock anyone expecting to hear excerpts from Woody Allen's "Love and Death." In two movements (the Romance and the popular Troika), a baritone vocalist covers the main themes (following the 1933 original version). When a previous reviewer lamented the coupling of the symphonies with yet another Lt. Kije, I found it to be a premature judgment. I've heard a half dozen other versions, but this is the first I've heard the original version with the baritone singing the Russian text. Frankly, I don't even think I like the original 1933 version -- but I certainly can't complain that this seventh Lt. Kije Suite was a redundant addition to my music library!

THREE YEARS LATER... I reviewed this in 2004, but this month (October 2007) a new set of Prokofiev symphonies won a 2007 Grammy award. I've since ordered that version (Gergiev with the London Symphony Orchestra) and will cross-compare the two box sets to decide whether I need to revise the star rating on this review or not. One professional critic asserted that Gergiev easily put Ozawa in second place. We shall see. Be alert to the new competition from Gergiev when selecting your box set!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Prokofiev - symphony cycle by Ozawa 8 April 2003
By Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea why Ozawa had been criticised as one of those "faceless conductors" with no real viewpoint of their own. Nothing could be further than the truth! His understanding of these symphonies is beyond reproach. The performances are breathtaking, especially 2,4,6 and 7. The only weak spot I can think of is that the first two movements of the classical symphony are taken a little too slowly for most people's tastes (although this doesn't bother me at all). In my opinion this takes away from the pastiche element of the work, rendering it just another piece of "old sounding" classical music. But overall this is an amazing set of CDs. The Lt. Kije merits no interest, as Abbado did the best version with the LSO (sans lyrics though). The bottom line: great sound, stunning performance from an ensemble that many claim to be the world's greatest orchestra (Berlin Philharmonic) and excellent digital sound that will blow you away, especially on symphony 2 (in my opinion Prokofiev's very best). Just wish the set also included the original version of number 4. However, the revised version is better anyway, so why am I complaining?
Buy this set and enjoy! Prokofiev truly is the master!!
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Thick, plush, devoid of contrasts, devoid of edginess 21 Aug. 2008
By The Man in the Hathaway Shirt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Where's the intensity? Where are the ironic twists, the contrasts, the sharpness and acerbicness that are hallmarks of Prokofiev's compositional style? Where is the epic buildup that is the 5th, the War and Peace of Russian symphonies? Seiji Ozawa leads--slogs--the Berlin Philharmonic through some of the smoothest, velvetiest Prokofiev ever recorded. There isn't a hair-raising moment on this disc. But it's not-a-hair-out-of-place perfect. I'd rather have some ratty excitement myself.

Whether it's a charmless "Classical"--lifeless and slow--or an un-otherworldly 3rd or weak and unmuscular 5th or a 7th that lacks all irony and cheerful cynicism, Seiji just misses the boat here. You have to give him credit: at least he misses it consistently. Al the symphonies sound alike, and they all sound like Ozawa when he conducts. He prefers balance and harmony, and that can be good. But Prokofiev deliberately wrote dissonant, even grating sections for expressive purposes, and they are just missing here as even mysterious moments like the slow movement of the 5th are whittled down to plush, lifeless run-throughs. None of the solo passages for winds--and Prokofiev was brilliant at writing very spirited solo passages for winds--have any character here. This is Prokofiev that's nearly Muzak--an amazing feat, really.

While he didn't have the magnificent orchestra that is the Berlin Philharmonic to work with, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra runs rings around Seiji in terms of expression and passion. Other fine recordings are Ormandy in a fine "Classical" (Sony) and 5th (RCA, but good luck finding it except in Japan). Tennstedt for a fine 5th and 7th, Ormandy for a fine 6th (hard to find that too), and Leinsdorf in 2, 3, 5, and 6. As for this set, take a pass, no matter how cheap.
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