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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / Gaffigan, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

Prokofiev / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/24/2016 
Label:  Challenge   Catalog #: 72714  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 was composed as an elegy to the fatalities of World War II. Musicologists frequently regard this piece as the darker twin to the triumphant Symphony No. 5. Prokofiev wrote of this piece: “Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed. One has lost those dear to him, another has lost his health. These must not be forgotten.” The Seventh Symphony was Prokofiev’s last, completed in 1952, the year before his death. The tone of the symphony is nostalgic and melancholic. Four years after the composer’s death, the work was awarded the Lenin Prize. American born conductor James Gaffigan is the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Guest Read more Conductor of the ensemble featured here, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The natural ease of his conducting and his compelling insight have brought him attention internationally. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1947; USSR 
2.
Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  James Gaffigan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; USSR 

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