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Prokofiev: Excerpts From Cinderella, Romeo & Juliet / Termikanov

Prokofiev / Spbp / Temirkanov
Release Date: 11/30/2010 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 214  
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PROKOFIEV Cinderella: Suite. Romeo and Juliet: Suite Yuri Temirkanov, cond; St. Petersburg PO SIGNUM 214 (66:25)


Following the death of Yevgeny Svetlanov, his younger colleague Yuri Temirkanov has, to some extent, succeeded him as Russia’s leading romantic conductor (with the even younger Mikhail Pletnev hard on his heels). This quality is well brought out on the present disc, in which excerpts from Prokofiev’s Read more various suites are combined in concert form. Cinderella combines six numbers from op. 107 with two from op. 108 (“Dancing Lesson and Gavotte” and “Galop”) and one from op. 109 (“Amoroso”), while Romeo and Juliet begins with five tracks from op. 64 ter and ends with two from op. 64 bis (“Masks” and “The Death of Tybalt”).


As usual with Temirkanov, the performances are marked by decisive tempi, clean phrasing, and immaculate orchestral playing. There is an exuberance of spirit here and touches of legato even in the fastest passages that sometimes eludes his more famous colleague Valery Gergiev, though none of the above-named conductors match Gergiev in his dramatic cohesion and dark orange and brown colors. One excellent example comes in the “Fairy Grandmother and Fairy Winter” excerpt from the first ballet, where the light string and wind playing fairly shimmers in the context of a gorgeously phrased reading.


The question is whether you have a need for these excerpts in your collection. If you have outstanding performances of both ballets complete, you may not opt for this disc; but if you don’t, or if you are a Temirkanov fan, you’ll certainly want this.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Introduction by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
2. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Pas de châle by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
3. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Quarrel by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
4. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Fairy Godmother and Winter by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
5. Cinderella Suite no 2, Op. 108: Dancing lesson and Gavotte by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Cinderella Suite no 2, Op. 108: Galop by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
7. Cinderella Suite no 3, Op. 109: Amoroso by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
8. Cinderella Suite no 1, Op. 107: Cinderella's Waltz "Midnight" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USSR 
9. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Montagues and Capulets by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
10. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Juliet, the young girl by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
11. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Friar Lawrence by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
12. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Dance by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
13. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 2, Op. 64b: Romeo and Juliet Before Parting by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
14. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 5, Masks by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 
15. Romeo and Juliet Suite no 1, Op. 64a: no 7, Death of Tybalt by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Paris, France 

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