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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 / Sondergard, Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Release Date: 02/14/2020 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 611  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thomas Søndergård’s sophomore album as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra marks his first recording devoted to the symphony with the orchestra. Søndergård conducts an all-Prokofiev programme juxtaposing two contrasting symphonies: Symphony No. 1 in D major ‘Classical’ and Symphony No. 5 in B flat major. Prokofiev delights in paying homage to Haydn in his neo-classical masterpiece; its characterful melodies, freshness and overall joie de vivre have established Symphony No. 1 as enduringly popular. The Scotsman awarded the concert performed live in the 2018/19 season five stars, commenting that ‘the detail in this performance was breathtaking’. In contrast the Fifth Symphony was forged in the Read more flames of war, and dedicated, Prokofiev said, to ‘the greatness of the human spirit’. Following a concert performance, The Herald commented, ‘This was the conductor at his most energetic and impassioned, and it drew a corresponding performance from the orchestra.’ Prokofiev has been a key focus for Søndergård since 2016 and the conductor has announced plans to complete a symphonic cycle over four seasons with his orchestra. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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