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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky / Temirkanov, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Capella

Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60867   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgenia Gorohovskaya
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic OrchestraSt. Petersburg Chamber ChoirSt. Petersburg Capella,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an excellent performance of Prokofiev's original score to Alexander Nevsky, though it's deceptive of RCA not to tell us that what's on the disc is not the more familiar cantata. The truth of the matter is that the cantata gives you all of the important music far more intelligently arranged (and scored). Take The Battle on the Ice: here its ostinato rhythms and endless repetitions quickly become monotonous absent the panoramic sweep of the visual component.

In the cantata, Prokofiev demonstrates that he knows the difference between a concert work that operates by the rules of musico-dramatic timing and a soundtrack synchronized to screen action. The concert version not only is much shorter, it's far more exciting
Read more as a result. Still, I won't discount the value of hearing the original conception, since this is, in any form, one of the greatest film scores ever composed. Certainly Yuri Temirkanov and crew blast their way through the music with total conviction, and any monotony results (if anything) from the relentless energy rather than from any lack of drive or impact. So if you want the original score, you can buy this very well recorded disc with complete confidence in its quality.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Evgenia Gorohovskaya (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  St. Petersburg Capella  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Language: Russian 

Sound Samples

Prelude (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The 13th Century (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Plescheyevo Lake (Song about Alexander Nevsky) (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Pskov in Flames (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Death to the Blasphemer! (Peregrinus expectavi) (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Arise, People of Russia (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Teutonic Camp (Peregrinus expectavi) (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Nevsky's Camp: Night before the Battle (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: April 5, 1242 (Peregrinus expectavi) (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: Fight for Russia! (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: Spears and Arrows (Peregrinus expectavi) (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: The Duel with the Grand Master (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: The Battle is Won (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Battle on the Ice: The Ice Breaks (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
The Field of the Dead (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Pskov: Procession of the Fallen and Judgement of the Prisoners (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
And now let's celebrate! (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)
Final Chorus (From Alexander Nevsky) (2004 Remastered)

Customer Reviews

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 Alexander Nevsky Review January 20, 2013 By Dan Rich See All My Reviews "This is the most dramatic and dynamic recording that I have heard of Alexander Nevsky, very emotional, in my opinion. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, along with the various chorus groups do a magnificent job. If you are are fan of this film music, this recording is a must!" Report Abuse
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