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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky; Scythian Suite; Lieutenant Kijé
 
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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky; Scythian Suite; Lieutenant Kijé

4 April 1995 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 4 April 1995
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:18:40
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  • ASIN: B001N241C2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,430 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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From the first ominous notes you anticipate a dramatic piece. While there is drama and tension, however, the dynamic mood of the work is optimistic and inspirational. A notable propaganda film prefiguring the German invasion of the Soviet Union, Prokofiev's score is a rousing appeal to the Russian people to unite and fight, not simply confident of victory, but imbued with a spiritual conviction in their destiny.
Though written to complement the film, Prokofiev's score is an eminently enjoyable piece in its own right - to be enhanced, perhaps, by a viewing of the film, giving you the ability to relate the visual and the musical dynamic. It is a work of rapidly flowing and fluctuating mood, its pace dictated by the crafting of the celluloid images, but its cerebral appeal no less intense for that - this is no flowing tide of romanticism but a work of abrupt scene change, sometimes dissonant, sometimes emotively inspirational (as when the choir sings), sometimes tense, at others calming, flowing easily, then even hinting at jazz!
The film, itself, has dated considerably - its acting is far too melodramatic and demonstratively over-the-top for modern, naturalistic tastes, and its editing and direction (yes, even by such a colossus as Eisenstein) can be a trifle obvious and heavy handed in places. Nevertheless, it remains a classic visual work which enhances and is enhanced by Prokofiev's score. Making allowances for changing tastes and technologies - anyone wishing to write music for the cinema or television should study 'Nevsky' and the collaboration between director and composer.
Moody, occasionally flamboyant, running from pure joy to sombre contemplation of pain and death, 'Alexander Nevsky' is an unapologetically Russian hymn.
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2011
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The originals of these performances date from 1978 and 1980, the remastering having been done in 1995. It will come as no great surprise to anyone that DG have done the job very well, something that is apparent from the very first note of Nevsky. This is a great sonorous chord, magnificently scored and magnificently reproduced for us here. As far as the recording goes all the way through, I found myself ticking off the pluses. The enunciation of the LSO chorus is admirably clear: not a hint of distortion in the cacophonies featured in The Battle on the Ice or (slightly less so) at various points in the Scythian Suite: the distant trumpet in Kije may or not be too distant for your taste but it is very clear; and the cornet that gets the famous tune for Kije's wedding (first cousin to Peter's tune in Peter and the Wolf) has the right brashness to it. Is the solo voice in The Field of the Dead slightly backward? Debatable again. This may well have been intended as realistic concert-hall balance rather than the forward in-your-ear engineering that was so popular as lately as the 70's.

How one is going to rate the performances will also depend on a few basic assumptions - as usual, I guess. For instance, do you stress over the issue of authentic Russian style? I can't say that I do, one of my main reasons being that authentic national styles do not stay authentic indefinitely, but develop and change over the decades. If nobody had told me who the artists were here I would certainly have known that I was not listening to Mravinsky and the Leningrad Phil. On the other hand, Gergiev and the Kirov these days do not sound much like Mravinsky either, indeed it is quite arguable that they sound more like Abbado and his western bands.
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A great Abbado/DG recording of Alexander Nevsky, the Scythian Suite and Lieutenant Kije. The Scythian Suite has never been one of my favorites but buy it for the Nevsky and Kije in superb performances at mid-price.
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I'm writing this review having only just purchased the cd and not having received it. Well I do have all the recordings on two separate LPs so having them all on one cd is a real bargain.

I decided to replace my current Nevsky cd under Previn because it was a perculiarly unfocussed performance with a rather distant and passive sounding chorus. They sing the right notes and very harmoniously - not exactly war music.

The Abbado recording is in bright clear sound with a fine performance by the LSO with Abbado seeming to have an instinctive feel for Prokofiev's music - it seems strange that two Italian conductors like Abbado and Muti sound like they have been born and bred with this music in their blood.

I have my reservations about the chorus - they don't always sound a match for the power of the orchestra. They lack the weight of a Russian chorus. It isn't anywhere near the problem that it is for Previn's recording, however.

What made me choose this recording over some other just as highly thought of recordings by Neeme Jarvi and Fritz Reiner is the brilliance of the coupling. I've never heard performances of the Scythian Suite or Lt Kije that come close to being as good as these by Abbado with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Scythian Suite is scintillating and colourful with Chicago famous brass section making this the most exciting and barbaric sounding work. Lt Kije is, if anything even better with the most wonderful string playing caught vividly in the Troika movement.

These two works receive almost unnaturally good recorded sound - the speakers shake at the bass drum entry in the first movement of Kije and the quite snare drum roll at the beginning and end of the piece ring out clear.
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