This 1990 Prokofiev Fifth probably is the most successful of the handful of recordings Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra made for Philips. Having already demonstrated their flair for Prokofiev in the Romeo & Juliet suites for EMI, Muti and the Philadelphians offer an impressive rendition of the symphony, with stunning playing throughout. The orchestra made an earlier recording with Ormandy, whose keen conducting yielded a somewhat more incisive reading, but Muti has the advantage of Philips' modern recording, which presents the orchestra in full, spacious sound with wide dynamics (the tremendous close of the first movement and the grinding climax of the Adagio are powerfully reproduced). Muti and the orchestra also bring allRead more of their virtuoso resources to bear on The Meeting of the Volga and the Don, an occasional work in the same state-sanctioned festive style that Shostakovich often turned to in his "public" pieces. If you missed this release the first time around, go to Arkivmusic.com and fetch a copy for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100by Sergei Prokofiev
Period: 20th Century Written: 1944; USSR
Meeting of the Volga and the Don, Op. 130by Sergei Prokofiev
Period: 20th Century Written: 1951; USSR
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Reviewing Riccardo Muti's Prokofiev Symphony No.5November 2, 2013By Terrell R. (Van Nuys, CA)See All My Reviews"I always preface reviews with the "apology" that reviews of music are totally subjective and people react in sometimes widely varied ways to the same piece of music. I heard the Muti recording of Prokofiev's 5th Symphony on the radio and was captivated by what seemed to be an almost new piece found. Prokofiev is the composer whose music I have the most of, and I have three different recordings of this piece already. But Muti found ways to bring out tones and statements I've not been aware of before. I played it 4 times straight, thrilling to the new "revelations" of this wonderful approach to the piece. Also, the companion piece to the Symphony--"Meeting of the Volga"--happened to be a work not only did I not have in my collection but had never heard. It also is given a superior interpretation. Although I've really only begun to be aware of Muti in general, I find it interesting that often in listening to a piece that has that special something that turns me on it turns out to be Muti-directed. Thus I've become a Muti fan."Report Abuse