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Prokofiev: Ballet Suites / Katz, Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9254  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Arnold Katz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Prokofiev’s great ballet scores for Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella have become firm favourites in both the concert hall and the repertory of ballet companies worldwide – ‘The Montagues and Capulets’ from Romeo and Juliet, for example, features regularly at major sporting events, something Prokofiev probably never envisaged!

The earliest of the ballets featured here is Romeo and Juliet, commissioned in the mid-1930s, soon after Prokofiev returned to the USSR from self-imposed exile. Drawn from the main events of the ballet, the music of Suite No.2 ranges from the grand, formal music of the ball and sounds of a popular holiday to the tragedy and despair of the story’s end, illuminating Prokofiev’s commitment to communicating
Read more the depths and intricacies of Shakespeare’s play.

Cinderella followed Romeo and Juliet in the 1940s, with a score of rich and sophisticated music that rewards audiences of adults and children alike.The Suite No.1 features some of the ballet’s best-loved music, including ‘Cinderella’s Waltz’ and the brilliant Mazurka.The Stone Flower was the last of Prokofiev’s Soviet ballets, dating from 1948, and is based on a folk tale from the Urals. Although it will perhaps be the least familiar of the works on this disc, its score contains music of great beauty, with soaring tunes that are as memorable as anything in the two ballet scores that preceded it.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recording made in 1997.
• Includes booklet notes. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Arnold Katz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
2. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Arnold Katz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
3. Tale of the Stone Flower: Wedding Suite, Op. 126 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Arnold Katz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USSR 

Sound Samples

Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: I. Introduction
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: II. Pas de Chale
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: III. Quarrel
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: IV. Fairy Godmother and Winter Fairy
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: V. Mazurka
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: VI. Cinderella Goes to the Ball
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: VII. Cinderella's Waltz
Cinderella Suite No. 1, Op. 107: VIII. Midnight
Wedding Suite from The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 126: I. Amorous Dance
Wedding Suite from The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 126: II. Dance of the fiancee's girl-friends
Wedding Suite from The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 126: III. Maiden's Dance
Wedding Suite from The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 126: IV. Ceremonial Dance
Wedding Suite from The Tale of the Stone Flower, Op. 126: V. Wedding Dance
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: I. Montagues and Capulets
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: II. The Young Juliet
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: III. Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: IV. Dance
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: V. Romeo at Juliet's before Parting
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: VI. Dance of the Antilles Girls
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter: VII. Romeo at the Grave of Juliet

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