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Prokofiev: Songs & Romances / Prinz, Gritskova


Release Date: 05/08/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574030  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita GritskovaMaria Prinz
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergey Prokofiev is acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, and his enduring popularity today rests on a rich legacy of orchestral and chamber works. Less well known are his songs, which display a lyrical component that suited his liking for clear and simple forms. This can be heard particularly in Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, but all of these pieces show Prokofiev to be a worthy successor of the great 19th-century tradition of art songs. Margarita Gritskova’s voice was described by Opera News as ‘a spectacular instrument’ in her recording of Russian Songs previously released on Naxos. Sergey Prokofiev is acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, and his enduring popularity today rests on a rich legacy of orchestral and chamber works. Less well known are his songs, which display a lyrical component that suited his liking for clear and simple forms. This can be heard particularly in Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, but all of these pieces show Prokofiev to be a worthy successor of the great 19th-century tradition of art songs. Margarita Gritskova’s voice was described by Opera News as ‘a spectacular instrument’ in her recording of Russian Songs previously released on Naxos. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ugly Duckling, Op. 18 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USSR 
2.
Poems (5), Op. 23: Excerpt(s) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 
3.
Poems (5) of Anna Akhmatova, Op. 27 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USSR 
4.
Poems (5) of Bal'mont, Op. 36: no 4, Remember me by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; USA 
5.
Lieutenant Kijé, Op. 60bis: No. 1. My Grey Dove is Full of Sorrow by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
6.
Anyutka, Op. 66a: No. 2. by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
7.
Children's Songs (3), Op. 68: No. 1. Boltunya (The Chatterbox) by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
8.
Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78bis: No. 2 Mark, ye Bright Falcons by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USSR 
9.
Romances (3), Op. 73: No. 2, The Rosy Dawn is Colouring the East by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USSR 
10.
Russian Folksongs (12), Op. 104: no 6, Katerina by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Margarita Gritskova (Mezzo-soprano), Maria Prinz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 

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