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Prokofiev: Cinderella; Glazunov: The Seasons / Ashkenazy


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 455349   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievAlexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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, scoring
Read 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.

REVIEW:

"...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]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cinderella, Op. 87 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 03/1983 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 109 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
The Seasons, Op. 67 by Alexander Glazunov
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  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. 

Sound Samples

Cinderella, Op.87: 1. Introduction
Cinderella, Op.87: 2. Pas de Shawl
Cinderella, Op.87: 3. Cinderella
Cinderella, Op.87: 4. The father
Cinderella, Op.87: 5. The Fairy Godmother
Cinderella, Op.87: 6. The Sisters' New Clothes
Cinderella, Op.87: 7. The Dancing Lesson
Cinderella, Op.87: 8. Departure of Stepmother and Sisters for the ball
Cinderella, Op.87: 9. Cinderella's Dreams of the Ball
Cinderella, Op.87: 10. Gavotte
Cinderella, Op.87: 11. Second Appearance of the Fairy Godmother
Cinderella, Op.87: 12. Spring Fairy
Cinderella, Op.87: 13. Summer Fairy
Cinderella, Op.87: 14. Grasshoppers & Dragonflies
Cinderella, Op.87: 15. Autumn Fairy
Cinderella, Op.87: 16. Winter Fairy
Cinderella, Op.87: 17. The Interrupted Departure
Cinderella, Op.87: 18. The Clock Scene
Cinderella, Op.87: 19. Cinderella's Departure for the Ball
Cinderella, Op.87: 20. Dance of the Courtiers
Cinderella, Op.87: 21. Court Dance
Cinderella, Op.87: 22. Cavaliers' Dance
Cinderella, Op.87: 23. Skinny's Variation
Cinderella, Op.87: 24. Dumpy's variation
Cinderella, Op.87: 25. Court Dance (Repeat)
Cinderella, Op.87: 26. Mazurka and Entrance of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 27. Dance of the Four Companions of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 28. Mazurka
Cinderella, Op.87: 29. Cinderella's Arrival at the Ball
Cinderella, Op.87: 30. Grand Waltz
Cinderella, Op.87: 31. Promenade
Cinderella, Op.87: 32. Cinderella's Dance
Cinderella, Op.87: 33. Dance of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 34. Refreshments for the Guests
Cinderella, Op.87: 35. Duet of the Sisters with the Oranges
Cinderella, Op.87: 36. Duet Of The Prince And Cinderella
Cinderella, Op.87: 37. Waltz-Coda
Cinderella, Op.87: 38. Midnight
Cinderella, Op.87: 39. The Prince and the Cobblers
Cinderella, Op.87: 40. First galop of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 41. Temptation
Cinderella, Op.87: 42. Second galop of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 43. Oriental Dance
Cinderella, Op.87: 44. Third galop of the Prince
Cinderella, Op.87: 45. Cinderella's Awakening
Cinderella, Op.87: 46. The Morning after the Ball
Cinderella, Op.87: 47. The Prince's Visit
Cinderella, Op.87: 48. The Prince finds Cinderella
Cinderella, Op.87: 49. Waltz
Cinderella, Op.87: 50. Amoroso
The Seasons, Op.67: 1. Winter
The Seasons, Op.67: 2. Spring
The Seasons, Op.67: 3. Summer
The Seasons, Op.67: 4. Autumn

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent Cinderella August 6, 2012 By Antonio d. (Fort Lauderdale, FL) See All My Reviews "Great performance under Ashkenazy." Report Abuse
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