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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé / Abbado


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447419   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Elena ObraztsovaAdolph Herseth
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony ChorusChicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Abbado's performance of Alexander Nevsky culminates in a deeply moving account of the tragic lament after the battle (here very beautifully sung by Obraztsova), made the more telling when the battle itself is so fine an example of orchestral virtuosity. The chorus is as incisive as the orchestra. The digital remastering of the 1980 recording has been all gain, and the sound is very impressive indeed. A fine account of Lieutenant Kijé and what is probably the best version of Scythian Suite to appear in many years make this a very desirable reissue." -- Penguin Guide "Abbado's performance of Alexander Nevsky culminates in a deeply moving account of the tragic lament after the battle (here very beautifully sung by Obraztsova), made the more telling when the battle itself is so fine an example of orchestral virtuosity. The chorus is as incisive as the orchestra. The digital remastering of the 1980 recording has been all gain, and the sound is very impressive indeed. A fine account of Lieutenant Kijé and what is probably the best version of Scythian Suite to appear in many years make this a very desirable reissue." -- Penguin Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938/1939; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/1979 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London 
Length: 38 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
2. Scythian Suite, Op. 20 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 20 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3. Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Adolph Herseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 02/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 19 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 1. Russia under the Mongolian Yoke
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 2. Song about Alexander Nevsky
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 3. The Crusaders in Pskov
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 4. Arise, Ye Russian People
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 5. The Battle on Ice
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 6. Field of the Dead
Alexander Nevsky, Op.78: 7. Alexander's entry into Pskov
Scythian Suite, Op.20 - "Ala and Lolly": 1. The Adoration of Veless and Ala
Scythian Suite, Op.20 - "Ala and Lolly": 2. The Enemy God and the Dance of the Spirits of Darkness
Scythian Suite, Op.20 - "Ala and Lolly": 3. Night
Scythian Suite, Op.20 - "Ala and Lolly": 4. The Glorious Departure of Lolly and the Sun's Procession
Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60: 1. Naissance de Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60: 2. Romance
Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60: 3. Noces de Kijé
Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60: 4. Troïka
Lieutenant Kijé, Symphonic Suite, Op.60: 5. Enterrement de Kijé

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