The fairy tale story of Cinderella has always inspired the great theater composers. Rossini's delightful 'La Cenerentola' is an operatic staple while Prokofiev's 'Cinderella' is a fixture on the ballet stage. After the 1940 premiere of 'Romeo and Juliet,' Prokofiev was immediately commissioned to write another ballet for the Kirov. Work on 'Cinderella' was set aside during some of the darkest days of the Second World War but Prokofiev returned to the work and completed it in 1944.
'Cinderella' is a marvelous score filled with wit and a kaleidoscope of orchestral color. This recording featuring the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy is a delight. The orchestra plays with great precision throughout, scoringRead more major points in the ballet's big dramatic moments. The sequences of dances that open the second act have never sounded better. The balance of the recording presents Ashkenazy leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a glowing performance of Glazunov's ballet 'The Seasons.' Most appealing music at a two-for-one price makes this an irresistible recording.
"...Along with the DVDs of Ashton’s and Nureyev’s productions, those who wish to explore Prokofiev’s score on its own terms will be delighted by the color, feeling for tempo and gesture, and overall conception that Vladimir Ashkenazy elicits from The Cleveland Orchestra (on Decca, smartly paired with Glazunov’s ). Too often this music is encountered only in the composer’s concert suites or extracts for piano, which have made certain numbers especially well-known outside the larger context..."
— Thomas May,
Listen Magazine, [Summer, 2012] Read less
Works on This Recording
Cinderella, Op. 87by Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1940-1944; USSR Date of Recording: 03/1983 Venue: Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio Length: 109 Minutes 24 Secs.
The Seasons, Op. 67by Alexander Glazunov Conductor:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1899; Russia Date of Recording: 1989-90 Length: 39 Minutes 53 Secs. Notes: Selection recorded at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England and Town Hall, Watford, England.