WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Prokofiev: Symphony No 3; Varčse: Arcana; Mosolov / Chailly

Release Date: 03/28/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436640   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievEdgard VarčseAlexandr V. Mosolov
Conductor:  Riccardo ChaillyKurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraBerlin Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is one of Riccardo Chailly's finest recordings, and a wonderful concept: 1920s modernism as embodied in three very major works, one Russian, one French, and one (the Prokofiev) by a Russian composer working in France. The performances are uniformly magnificent: exciting, virtuosic, and extremely well recorded. Alexander Mosolov's Iron Foundry doesn't get played or recorded as often as it deserves to be--it's actually quite tuneful, and good, noisy fun. There are three great recordings of Prokofiev's scorching Third Symphony (music taken from his opera The Fiery Angel): Muti's, Järvi's, and this one. This is not music that offers its performers much interpretive freedom; you just have to
Read more play the living daylights out of it, and that's exactly what happens here, with a particularly slithery, scurrying scherzo. Arcana also goes splendidly well--it would later turn up again in Chailly's complete Varèse set, but it's nice to have separately for those who don't want to go whole hog. Available "on demand" from Arkivmusic.com, this always has been a major release, and it deserves a home in every serious collection.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

"Chailly's [Prokofiev] remains among the more vital and intelligent digital options. . . . Chailly's recording [of Arcana] is as fine as any available today. . . . This is an instructive, imaginative and involving programme, a sort of elevated 'listen and learn' that recalls a hugely exciting period of musical history . . . and makes for a thrilling hour's worth of aural thunder. Do try and hear it." -- Gramophone

"Though Mosolov's 4-minute long orchestral "Iron Foundry" or "Zavod" was intended to glorify Soviet industrialization by cumulatively imitating the rhythms of machines in a foundry, it also reveals hints of old Russia in the rise of a brief, powerful central theme that evokes Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain." It is an exhilarating symphonic ride." – Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic
Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 34 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Arcana by Edgard Varčse
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Kurt Sanderling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 18 Minutes 30 Secs. 
The Iron Foundry, Op. 19 by Alexandr V. Mosolov
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1928; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

The Iron Foundry (Mosolov)
Symphony no 3 (Prokofiev): II. Andante
Symphony no 3 (Prokofiev): III. Allegro agitato

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title