Prokofiev - Back in the USSR | CuGate Classics CGC006

Prokofiev - Back in the USSR

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Label: CuGate Classics

Cat No: CGC006

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 23rd October 2015

Contents

Artists

Alexei V Emeljanov (orator)
St Petersburg Philharmonia Choir
New Philharmonia Orchestra of St Petersburg

Conductor

Aleksander Titov

Works

Prokofiev, Sergei

Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, op.74
Flourish, Mighty Land, op.114
Zdravitsa (Hail to Stalin), op.85

Artists

Alexei V Emeljanov (orator)
St Petersburg Philharmonia Choir
New Philharmonia Orchestra of St Petersburg

Conductor

Aleksander Titov

About

The three works on this album belong to a large group of masterpieces, which dispels the myth that Prokofiev – ‘shaker of foundations’ and ‘daring innovator’ – became, after his return to the USSR, an ‘acquiescent traditionalist’.

As a result of the Soviet government’s permit to tour abroad, he lived for more than 18 years outside the country. On his return to his homeland, he entered actively into the building of socialist musical culture. However, he also recognized soon the reverse of the medal: the socialist realism with its official preference for simple ‘folk’ melodies, composed in a mood of profound optimism and easily understood by the masses led to conflicts with progressive composers. They all were exposed to persecution in the press, deprived of work and doomed to poverty.

Thus Prokofiev was forced to play by the rules of the game. Nevertheless, in his work there remained too much that conflicted with the ideals of the ‘construction of communism’. If one compares the music with the lyrics, it is easily recognizable that Prokofiev treated the ‘sacred’ revolution musically with his own accurate and almost indiscernible irony.

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