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This review is from: The Complete Symphonies - Prokofiev (Audio CD)
Järvi is one of the finest living conductors and brings typically exploratory performances to the Soviet Union's other great symphonist.

Prokofiev's symphonic output isn't of the same stature of those of Shostakovich, but he was a major symphonic voice in his own right. He never quite got to grips with his fourth symphony, but the 1947 version is, occassional structural ponderousness notwithstanding, an excellent symphony.

The others are all excellent examples of a probing intelligence that finds a suitable home in the hands of Järvi.

The performances are first rate, the sound spot on and the booklet notes well written and imformative.

All in all an exemplary set and well worth consideration.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2010 00:16:29 BDT
Actually, if you know the music well, the impression given by this Chandos recording of Symphony No. 2 is rather less than 'first rate' - I'd guess that maybe you haven't heard any other recording of this symphony with which to compare it. I don't think it's entirely the performance, the over resonant sound doesn't help. All the other performances are fine though.

For Symphony No. 2, Walter Weller and the LPO are stunning. It's a reissue of a Decca LP issued in 1980 (one of the SXL prefix ones) and the symphony comes across with tremendous impact.

It's worth having both the Jarvi and the Weller sets if you can afford it. Both are superb, but Weller wins hands down in No. 2.

Posted on 19 May 2010 21:29:33 BDT
I shall pass over your patronising comment as to my experience with this symphony.
I do own the Weller set, and owned it before getting this one.
I still stand by my view that all the performances are first rate, though the interpretation of nos 2 and 6 pale when compared to Gergiev, whose set I would place above both this Jarvi set and Weller's (which, personally, I regard as the least great of the four* I own, though they're all good).
Each to their own view, perhaps?

*The other set is conducted by Rostoprovich.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 18:22:00 BDT
Mr Hilton - sorry, I hadn't intended to be patronising, though now that I've returned to this website several months later and read my comment again I can see that what I wrote did give that impression. My apologies.

Yes, the Gergiev set is certainly compelling, especially in No. 6, although the close-up sound quality isn't going to please everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 22:18:46 BDT
No worries.
I can see that, like me, you are passionate about music. This is a good thing but sometimes we all get a bit carried away.
I see my reply is maybe a bit harder than I'd like it to be, but life's too short to worry about such trivia.
Best wishes,
John Hilton.
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