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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.


"...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

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. 
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. 

Customer Reviews

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 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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