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Prokofiev: Symphonies No 1-7 / Weller, London SO

Weller,Walther & Londres
Release Date: 04/28/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9006   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 49 Mins. 

Imported from : UNITED KINGDOM   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among 20th-century composers, Sergei Prokofiev has probably fared best when you consider the number of his works that are held in public affection -- Peter and the Wolf, the Lieutenant Kijé Suite with its sleigh ride 'Troika'(this motif from the suite was also used in the song I Believe in Father Christmas by the English rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer), The Love for Three Oranges, and the ballets Romeo and Juliet (who doesn't know the 'Dance of the Knights'?) and Cinderella. His opera War and Peace is a staple of the opera repertoire. Also firm favourites are the witty, deliberately Haydnesque First and Fifth Symphonies, both welcomed into the symphonic repertoire of the 20th century in a way only matched by Sibelius, and in the Read more UK Vaughan Williams, in their popularity. The other five symphonies, however, remain relatively neglected. This highly acclaimed cycle conducted by Walter Weller was only the second recording of the elusive revised version of No.4. The greatest of the cycle, No.6 receives an extraordinary performance. It is a work full of huge, truly memorable tunes -- epic, lyrical and highly personal. The 'Classical' Symphony, No.1, predates Stravinsky's neo-Classical period, and is all the more remarkable for that. The iconoclastic Second symphony is very much of its time, being contemporaneous with The Iron Foundry by Mosolov, Stravinky's Rite of Spring and Honegger's Pacific 231. Schoenberg commented that there is still 'plenty to be said in C major', and this certainly applies to the seven symphonies of Prokofiev.

Further information
- Superb Decca recordings from the late 1970s. Critically acclaimed when first released, they are still state of the art.
- 'This newcomer is by far the best recorded. It is every bit as impressive as earlier releases in the Weller/Prokofiev series. The LPO respond to the demands made on them with fine musicianship and good ensemble.' Gramophone on the Fourth Symphony
- 'This new Decca release is absolutely first-class and reveals this densely packed texture with realism and great transparency. Weller is sensitive to detail and dynamic nuance.' Gramophone on the Second Symphony
- 'unfailingly crisp and refined ensemble and with recording quality that reveals every strand in the score with richness and clarity.' Gramophone on the Fifth Symphony.
- New booklet essay by Prokofiev biographer David Gutman
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Paris, France 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paris, France 
4.
Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 112 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
6.
Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1947; USSR 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; USSR 
8.
Russian Overture, Op. 72 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USSR 
9.
Scythian Suite, Op. 20 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Walter Weller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 

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