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Symphonies Nos. 1 And 7 (Malko)

Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Classics for Pleasure
  • ASIN: B000MCIB4S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): I. Miniature OvertureNicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): II. MarchNicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): III. Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy (Danse de la fée dragée)Nicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 1:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): IV. Trepak (Russian Dance)Nicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 1:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): V. Arabian DanceNicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): VI. Chinese DanceNicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): VII. Dance of the Reed-Flutes (Danse des mirlitons)Nicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Nutcracker - Suite Op. 71a (2007 - Remaster): VIII. Waltz Of The Flowers (Valse Des Fleurs)Nicolai Malko/Philharmonia Orchestra 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Love for Three Oranges - Suite Op. 33a: I. Les RidiculesPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Love for Three Oranges - Suite Op. 33a: II. Scène infernalePhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Love for Three Oranges - Suite Op. 33a: III. MarchePhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 1:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Love for Three Oranges - Suite Op. 33a: IV. ScherzoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Love for Three Oranges - Suite Op. 33a: V. Le Prince et la PrincessePhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Symphony No. 1 in D 'Classical' Op. 25 (2007 - Remaster): I. AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 1 in D 'Classical' Op. 25 (2007 - Remaster): II. LarghettoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Symphony No. 1 in D 'Classical' Op. 25 (2007 - Remaster): III. Gavotta (Non troppo allegro)Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Symphony No. 1 in D 'Classical' Op. 25 (2007 - Remaster): IV. Finale (Molto vivace)Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131 (2002 - Remaster): I. ModeratoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 8:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131 (2002 - Remaster): II. Allegretto - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 7:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131 (2002 - Remaster): III. Andante espressivoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131 (2002 - Remaster): IV. Vivace - Moderato marcatoPhilharmonia Orchestra/Nicolai Malko 8:15£0.99  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The Prokofiev part of this disc has only rarely been out of the catalogues since it was first published. The date of recording was 1955 but the remastered sound is simply astonishing and quite capable of being compared with very recent recordings. Certainly there need be no concessions made for its age.

The reality is that it is only just recently that digital technology has caught up with analogue recordings in terms of frequency range and dynamic range. Early CDs were manufactured at much lower levels of fidelity than could be achieved previously and many collectors of LPs were quick to point to the downgraded aural signal. Thus is is that an old recording such as this is able to compete with the latest digital source material.

Malko achieved a tremendous sense of rapport with Prokofiev's first and last symphonies and was supported by excellent orchestral playing. The two extracts from the Love of Three Oranges are enjoyable too with plenty of necessary bite. This latest CD version of the music has been further enhanced by another remastering since the 1989 remastering undertaken for the Classics for Pleasure issue. In addition the Nutcracker Suite makes a generous major bonus with more perceptive music making. At this point one might be forgiven for wondering what the point of spending more for these works would be.

I would therefore suggest that if this program appeals there is good reason to consider this as a major consideration for purchase despite any misgivings about its advanced years. Hopefully the second paragraph above may help to explain why it competes so strongly on technical grounds. Musically it is certainly up with the best and some would rate it as close to definitive.
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Nikolai Malko (1883 - 1961) was the experienced, respected Russian born conductor who was entrusted with directing the Philharmonia Orchestra for EMI's earliest stereophonic recording sessions. That he did so with considerable success is borne out by the excellent performances and recording quality of this CD. At this low price for some 80 minutes duration, it is a splendid bargain. Hopefully, EMI will reissue more, perhaps all of that company's recordings made under the direction of this fine conductor.
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I can only reiterate what others have already stated about this recording & performance, unbelievably now over 50 years old. The only slight niggle is that the final part of the Love of Three Oranges suite, 'Flight' is missing. This was the same for the earlier issue of this disc, so presumably it was never recorded. Don't let this put you off though, unless you're specifically after a recording of the suite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilerating... 1 Dec 2013
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I would simply reiterate what the previous reviewers have said. A great disc. The sound is pretty impressive. For me personally, the highlight is the 7th symphony. It's one of those performances that you just want to hear again and again...The second movement is thrilling in a wild, balancing on the edge of the world kind of way...It makes you smile, but it's just this side of danger...! A gem of a disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This disc has long been considered as close to definitive Prokofiev and remains so 14 Aug 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Prokofiev part of this disc has only rarely been out of the catalogues since it was first published. The date of recording was 1955 but the remastered sound is simply astonishing and quite capable of being compared with very recent recordings. Certainly there need be no concessions made for its age.

The reality is that it is only just recently that digital technology has caught up with analogue recordings in terms of frequency range and dynamic range. Early CDs were manufactured at much lower levels of fidelity than could be achieved previously and many collectors of LPs were quick to point to the downgraded aural signal. Thus is is that an old recording such as this is able to compete with the latest digital source material.

Malko achieved a tremendous sense of rapport with Prokofiev's first and last symphonies and was supported by excellent orchestral playing. The two extracts from the Love of Three Oranges are enjoyable too with plenty of necessary bite. This latest CD version of the music has been further enhanced by another remastering since the 1989 remastering undertaken for the Classics for Pleasure issue. In addition the Nutcracker Suite makes a generous major bonus with more perceptive music making. At this point one might be forgiven for wondering what the point of spending more for these works would be.

I would therefore suggest that if this program appeals there is good reason to consider this as a major consideration for purchase despite any misgivings about its advanced years. Hopefully the second paragraph above may help to explain why it competes so strongly on technical grounds. Musically it is certainly up with the best and some would rate it as close to definitive.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Seventh Symphony --Like a Suetin Plate 26 Jan 2011
By Peter P. Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
Malko's reading of the Prokofiev Seventh Symphony show some of the most profound insights into the man's genius. He gives it a kind of emotional, yet architectonic quality, while somehow maintaining a put-on Soviet edge. Yet this performance is very deep not the least bit campy. Amazing. It is so sublime it reminds me of a gorgeously sublime Suetin porcelain plate, like the one from the thirties we purchased a while ago. This is the kind of Soviet aesthetic production I enjoy. Not the blunt "man with hammer" type of sculpture which idiots like the Beckster claim to have have on their desks, showing how cool they are and how informed about the cultural valences of political notions rejected by history. It takes more than tschotsckes to understand history.
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