Prokofiev - Symphonies 6 & 7
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Label: Challenge Classics
Cat No: CC72714
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th April 2016
WorksSymphony no.6 in E flat minor, op.111
Symphony no.7 in C sharp minor, op.131
ArtistsNetherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Following the cycle’s powerful start with Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (CC72584), once again these are two works separated by just few years in composition: 1945 and 1952. The harmony in Prokofiev’s Symphony No.6 is fundamentally tonal, replete with omens and dissonances that sometimes resolve but sometimes testify to his predilection for abrupt shifts of mood, derived from film music, or for unpredictable gear changes from lyrical to more restless melodies.
The Seventh Symphony is one of the last works completed by Prokofiev before his death. The composer was seriously ill in his final years and continued to compose only with the greatest difficulty. It is difficult to imagine this background when listening to the piece, which the composer himself regarded as a ‘children’s symphony’. Written for children it may have been, but it contains absolutely nothing childish or childlike.
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