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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 & 7, Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 Double CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Composer: Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (8 Jan. 2016)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Mariinsky
  • ASIN: B00YJADDIS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This major release launches the Mariinsky label s projects to honour the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev s birth. A long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev conducts Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7, coupled with Piano Concertos Nos 4 and 5. The result is a 2-SACD set programmed to showcase some of Prokofiev s finest works written before and after the Second World War. Prokofiev began his 4th Symphony in 1929, drawing from the musical material of his ballet 'The Prodigal Son'. The Symphony was premiered the following year, though he substantially revised the work 17 years later. Symphony No. 6 was written in 1947 as an elegy to the tragedies of World War II. Speaking of the Symphony, Prokofiev said, "Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds which cannot be healed. One man s loved ones have perished, another has lost his health. This must not be forgotten." The 7th Symphony was completed in 1952, a year before the composer s death. It was well-received and was awarded the prestigious Lenin Prize in 1957 at Miami s Knight Concert Hall. Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 4. Premiered in Berlin in 1956, by the West Berlin RSO, it was written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, and was the only one of Prokofiev s piano works that was not performed during his lifetime. Alexei Volodin s performance was described as 'superbly controlled and beautifully subtle" by The Guardian. The American-Armenian musician Sergei Babyan performs Prokofiev s last complete piano concerto, No 5. The Telegraph reviewer was sufficiently moved to say: "Never have I seen so many fast and furious hand-crossings, so many dizzying flights from top to bottom of the keyboard, all performed flawlessly'.

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CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE EDITOR S CHOICE ***** 'Continuing an already impressive own-label cycle, this well filled set is even finer ... The symphonies...are in a league of their own the finale of the sixth is as exciting as any on record and, with excellent SACD sound, this is shaping up to be an unmissable series.' --Guy Weatherall Classical Music Magazine, February 2016

Performance: ***** Recording: ***** 'sopranos Roberta Invernizzi and Silvia Frigato share the honours with tenor Krystian Adam and baritone Thomas Bauer, and they are all up to the pieces demands … The accompaniments, meanwhile, are stylishly handled by the three members of La Risonanza.' --Erik Levi BBC Music Magazine, March 2015

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With toothpick precision and a tsunami of emotive force, Gergiev conducts some of Prokofiev's most interesting music. The strings in general are outstanding, especially in the 7th Symphony, which I had the good fortune to witness recently at the Mariinsky Concert hall. I'm comparing this recording to the Simon Rattle, Andre Previn version, which is also very good, but if made to choose, I would take this recording to the grave.
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