Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos 4 & 5, Dreams | Onyx ONYX4147

Prokofiev - Symphonies Nos 4 & 5, Dreams

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4147

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th June 2015

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The eagerly awaited 3rd volume in the critically acclaimed Prokofiev Symphony cycle from Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The original version of the 4th, probably the least performed of the seven, is coupled with the 5th, arguably the most performed.

The 4th is based on material from the ballet ‘The Prodigal Son’. The symphony was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to mark the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 5th dates from 1944, at the height of the Russian struggle against the Nazi invasion. Although considered a wartime work, the overall mood is one of optimism. Yet again music from another project was used to good effect in a Prokofiev symphony. The powerful slow movement draws on music composed in 1936 and intended for an abortive film of Pushkin’s 'Queen of Spades'.

"The performances here identify closely with style and idea, illuminating the scores with sensitivity and panache and, in the case of the First Symphony, refreshing a well-known work with ear-catching spark" - Daily Telegraph, 5 star review (Vol.2)

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