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  • Orchestra: Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (10 Aug. 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000143T
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111: I. Allegro moderato14:45Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111: II. Largo13:45Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111: III. Vivace12:20Album Only
Listen  4. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: I. Since We Met 6:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: II. Cinderella in the Palace 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: III. Mephisto Waltz 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: IV. End of the Fairy-Tale 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: V. Waltz for the New Year's Ball 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Waltz Suite, Op. 110: VI. Happiness 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - uk creative on 15 July 2011
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as always - for such a widely used site - there is no review here of a thoroughly enjoyable reading of one of Prokofiev's most searching symphonies- namely the 6th combined with the related + vivacious Waltzes. Thoedore Kuchar has enjoyed favourable reviews both online + in the Penguin guide for his excellent + yes idiomatic readings of fellow Russian symphonic music. Here here he again offers thoroughly convincing , searching accounts of Ukranian born but Soviet era composer - Sergei Prokofiev's war time 6th symphony with the Ukranian NationalOrchestra.

tempi are well judged, nothing is rushed, orchestral climaxes ebb + flow , with the ambivalence contained in the Symphony with its dark/light shadings powerfully projected. Comparison with arguable the era's most prominent conductor of Shostakovich + Prokofiev : namely Mravanisky who shows the Kuchar naxos recording to perhaps lack a little interpretive detail and emotional bite , a little more ferocity in the closingmovement of the 6th might have earned this recording the 5 star treatment but with decent (if slightly distanced) mid 90's recording it offers a good modern interpretive version to Mravinsky's rougher though more emotionally charged from the 1960s. the naxos version is also a good budget price alternative to both Mravinsky (on Russian Disc) + Jarvi (on Chandos). I'd also recommend Prokofiev's 5th + 7th symphonies first though as more immediate straight forward works, before moving on to the 6th.

the Waltzes from which Prokofiev used in other works such as the 5th + 6th symphonies, are even better played with a real gusto that makes this release a real bargain , offering the seemingly jocular yet sardonic composer's romp through the most "classical" of idioms.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good deal 24 Dec. 2010
By P. Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD offers performances of Prokofiev 6 and the Waltzes that are well played and recorded and are very competitive. I've never cared for the Jarvi P6, mainly because the Chandos recording is lacking in low end - so essential in Prokofiev - and because the SNO does not have the right sound for this music. My favorite is Previn/LA Phil but this Naxos CD worth while. The old Ormandy is also very good but is out of print, and Sony in their lack of wisdom hasn't issued it - I have a bootleg copy. Slatkin is also pretty good if a bit bland.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of best of Symphony No.6 available with some regrettable flaws 6 Jun. 2013
By Timothy R. O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Both the Symphony No.6 and No.7 have often been criticized as being musically inferior to the first five of Prokofiev's symphonies, perhaps due to pressure the composer was receiving from the repressive Stalinist regime. Despite this, I have always liked them both, particularly the more complex Symphony No.6.

From the sound of it, I am guessing that this symphony is not easy to interpret.

Compared to this work, Prokofiev's much vaunted Fifth is structurally and emotionally fairly straight forward. On both of these levels, the No.6, or at least the opening movement of it, is all over the place! I believe the best way to approach and appreciate this wonderful work would be to closely follow what might be best described as the "mood shifts" that occur within it. At one moment the mood is dark, sometimes bordering on despair, at other times, "hopeful" and, finally, in the last movement,"frivolous" and "gay". Question: after all that you have heard in the first two movements and part of the third, do you believe the composer was really all that "happy and gay" or do you think he's just putting on a good front?

My favorite recording of the Symphony No.6 is Eugene Ormandy's formerly on CBS and now apparently lost somewhere in Sony's basement! Ormandy was a noted interpreter of Prokofiev (also of Kodaly,Rachmaninoff, Sibelius and Respighi!)and Sony should make all of his great recordings available to the world!

This is the best I've heard of several recordings currently available, including one by Neeme Jarvi and another by Andrew Litton. I think that maestro Kuchar is generally more patient and sensitive to the shifting emotional nuances than the others; not quite as sensitive as Eugene Ormandy.

One of the "flaws" I mentioned is Kuchar's lack of sympathy for the doleful melody that precedes the march the end first movement. I believe that this particular section, with its poignant message of both "hope" and "resignation" defines the entire work.

On the whole, this performance is first-rate!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Prokofiev waltzes 9 Aug. 2005
By Craig R. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know if people are familiar with the Waltzes, but they are very interesting. A little different than Strauss! It helps to have the pocket score to follow along. I picked up the score in Moscow, otherwise I probably would never have heard of the waltzes. They're good. Anyone who likes 20th century Russian music will like them.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I would not call this performance poor 21 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to both the Jarvi and this performance, and I would not call this performance poor at all. I in fact like the mixing better with the large hall sound. For the price, you can't go wrong.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Finest 8 Mar. 2006
By paul best - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Read my review of Jarvi's set/complete set to get my opinion.
Kuchar, highly recommended in all Prokofiev/syms/orchestral.

Kuchar, the finest set of Prokofiev syms
Compared to the fine Muti/Philadelphia's 3,5 and Rozh's set with the USSR/Consonance.
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