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Prokofiev: Ivan The Terrible [Soundtrack]

Neeme Järvi Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Jarvi
  • Composer: Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (27 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Chandos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ivan the Terrible: Concert Scenario - Various Performers

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'Christopher Palmer strikes again! It is undoubtedly one of the great film scores, and Jarvi more than does it justice with the help of impassioned singing and playing from all concerned.' --CD Review

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Linda Finnie, contralto - Nikita Storojev, basse - Philharmonia Chorus - Philharmonia Orchestra - Neeme Järvi, direction

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to Eisenstein's classic film? 14 May 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I'm not essentially a listener of classical music, though I have always appreciated the colour and dynamism of Russian composers, but I am a film-lover.

Sergei Eisenstein's two parter, from 1944 & 46, is a brilliant, dynamic film but the sound quality was no match, sounding dreadful, frankly. Mono, breaking up at dynamic peaks and woolly throughout, I yearned to hear it properly.

My initial idea was to play the CD in sync with the film, allowing the subtitles to speak, as it were. This didn't work, for various and obvious reasons. That was a while ago and when I played the CD simply to sit and listen to, I had the notion that it wouldn't work as a complete piece.

Re-playing again now, I did enjoy it, the full-blooded, dynamic and colourful sound. I need to play it more and as I said, classical music is not my usual fare and so find it difficult to describe with any sense of authority.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Can't stomach the tempi... 28 Jun 2010
By J. Takis - Published on
Format:Audio CD
First, a few kind words. This is a well-recorded, competently performed album. The source material is very strong, of course -- Prokofiev's "Ivan The Terrible" is a powerhouse of a score in any incarnation. Christopher Palmer's restructuring of the material as a "concert scenario" is mostly an improvement, in my opinion, over the "oratorio-with-narration" form. I largely approve of his choices of what to trim, what to expand, and how to sequence it. I do wish the extended final coda heard in many recordings of the Stasevich arrangement had been retained, but that's a relatively minor complaint.

A more serious problem for me is the tempi. The album as a whole seems out of balance. I can sort of stomach the breakneck "Overture" ... but the deathly slow pace of "Murder in the Cathedral" is just excruciating. It sounds like it's at least HALF the original tempo, transforming an inexorable, doom-laden piece into something plodding and ineffectual. This is a key cue, the dramatic climax of the score -- to restore it at full-length to the concert adaptation is a VERY good idea, and had the potential to really elevate this recording. But to miss the mark so badly in execution drags down my rating of the total package into "dislike" territory. I've had issues with Jarvi's tempi before (his reading of Prokofiev's the "Stone Flower" in suite form, for example, seems sluggish to my ears), but this just killed it for me.

So if you're looking for a good concert version of Prokofiev's "Ivan" sans narrator, I regret that I can't recommend this one. Instead, I heartily endorse Slatkin's tremendous recording with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which used to be available on Vox as a 2-CD set including the "Alexander Nevsky" cantada and the "Lt. Kije" suite. For the full, restored film score, I'm partial to the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra version conducted by Fedoseyev, available on Nimbus.
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