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Prokofiev: Symphonies / Rozhdestvensky, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Melodiya   Catalog #: 1001797   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This complete Prokofiev symphony cycle, from the mid 1960s, represents one of the Rozhdestvensky’s best efforts on disc. It has all the power and brilliance the music requires, with none of that heavy-handed pomposity that mars so much of the conductor’s later work. Indeed, the Classical Symphony flies by, lickity-split, to the point where the finale features a tempo quicker than the orchestra (flutes especially) can manage, but then the parts are impossible anyway, so who really cares? It’s fun.

The Second Symphony features those paint-peeling brass sonorities for which Russian orchestras, especially at this period, were famous, but the hard-driving loudness comes with the territory, as it does in this scorching performance
Read more of the expressionistic Third Symphony. Rozhdestvensky made fine recordings of the early Prokofiev ballets, including The Prodigal Son, and so the Fourth Symphony, based on the ballet, sounds perfectly idiomatic in this nicely paced reading.

The epic Fifth and Sixth are, rightly, the high points of the cycle. Yes, the sound is grainy and raw, but the climaxes have real power and really do capture the amplitude of a large ensemble in a big, resonant space. It’s quite impressive and wholly convincing. The problematic central movement of the Sixth is particularly well-shaped. The relaxed Seventh brings the cycle to a smiling conclusion, again with the balletic element well to the fore. After Järvi’s still unmatched Chandos traversal of the complete symphonies (including both versions of the Fourth–here you only get the bigger revised version), this is the one to get.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 12 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 32 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 32 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 112 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 38 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 40 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945-1947; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 38 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1965-67 
Length: 30 Minutes 23 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Stunning performances and recordings September 3, 2013 By Paul Chummers (San Jose, CA) See All My Reviews "These performances were available in the late 60s as single LPs licensed to EMI. Rozdestventsky has the full measure of these seven symphonies here packaged in a 3 CD set from Melodia. The recorded sound from 65-67 is quite astounding and the equal to more recent recordings. Arkiv has mis-identified the orchestra which is the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra." Report Abuse
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