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Heritage Prokofiev: Symphony No 5; Bartok / George Szell

Release Date: 06/29/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 63124   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei ProkofievBéla Bartók
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Critics have unfairly accused George Szell of not embracing 20th century music during his tenure with the Cleveland Orchestra. This is nonsense; Szell frequently commissioned works by young composers and championed music by Janacek, Hindemith, Bartók and Prokofiev. This recording, an entry in the Masterworks Heritage series, features Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and Prokofiev's Symphony no. 5.
Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation and premiered in 1944. Szell leads a dazzling performance of this colorful work. The orchestra's soloists shine in the tricky second movement, while the mysterious elegy that comprises the third movement is brilliantly realized.
Read more Szell also brings true Hungarian spirit to the fiery finale, with the Cleveland Orchestra's brass playing grandiosely.
Prokofiev's Symphony was written towards the end of World War II and is considered by many to be one of his finest works. The work is filled with soaring melodies, a touch of melancholy, and an epic finale. Szell and the orchestra deliver a virtuoso performance, brilliantly communicating the piece's shifting moods and grand nature. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 10/1959 
Venue:  Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 38 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116 by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1965 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 34 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Andante
II. Allegro marcato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro giocoso
I. Introduzione. Andante, non troppo
II. Giuoco delle coppie. Allegretto scherzando
III. Elegia. Andante, non troppo
IV. Intermezzo interrotto. Allegretto
V. Finale. Pesante

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