Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies / Alsop, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo

Release Date: 4/9/2021
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8506038
Conductor: Marin Alsop
Number of Discs: 6

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergey Prokofiev’s seven symphonies are acknowledged as one of the major cycles of the 20th century, and these recordings with Marin Alsop and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra have received widespread critical acclaim. From the crisp vitality of the youthful ‘Classical’ Symphony to the viscerally exciting Third, the Fifth Symphony which for Prokofiev represented ‘the grandeur of the human spirit’ and the deeply moving and heartfelt Sixth Symphony, this is an unforgettable collection crowned by the bittersweet Seventh Symphony, the composer’s final significant work.

 

Exceprts from reviews of previously released volumes included in this set:

 

Prokofiev: Symphonies No 1 "Classical" & 2 / Alsop

 

Without minimizing the Second’s violent energy, Alsop plays the piece with a vivid sense of its long melodic lines. The first movement, in particular, has plenty of excitement but also a certain lyrical emphasis that gives the music something to be excited about. It’s very convincing.

As for the Classical Symphony, well, just about everyone does it well, and while I can imagine a first movement with a touch more snap to its rhythms, the performance picks up steam as it goes, culminating in a delightfully crisp account of the finale. The early tone poem “Dreams” drifts about prettily for ten minutes, sounding like Debussy or Scriabin or basically anyone but Prokofiev. Does it deserve greater exposure? Perhaps not, but this lovely performance makes as strong a case for it as you might imagine possible. Vivid sonics make this the best release in this series so far.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

 

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7 & Other Orchestral Works / Alsop

 

Alsop captures the lyrical aspects of the Seventh work really well. She also has the advantage of a superior recording in the acoustically friendlier Sala São Paulo. The orchestra is superb throughout, but special mention should be made of the woodwinds that have notable solos in the work.

 

– MusicWeb International

 

 

 

 

Works on This Recording
1. I. Allegro by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
2. II. Larghetto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
3. III. Gavotta: Non troppo allegro by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
4. IV. Finale: Molto vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
5. Dreams, Op. 6 by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1910 ;
6. I. Allegro ben articolato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
7. II. Theme - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
8. II. Variation 1 - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
9. II. Variation 2 - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
10. II. Variation 3 - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
11. II. Variation 4 - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
12. II. Variation 5 - by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
13. II. Variation 6 and Theme by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
14. I. L'adoration de Veless et de Ala (Invocation to Veles and Ala) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
15. II. Le dieu ennemi et la danse des esprits noirs (The Evil God and Dance of the Pagan Monster) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
16. III. La nuit (Night) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
17. IV. Le depart glorieux de Lolly et le cortege du Soleil (Lolly's Pursuit of the Evil God and the Sunrise) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
18. Autumnal Sketch, Op. 8 by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1910 ;
19. I. Moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
20. II. Andante by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
21. III. Allegro agitato - Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
22. IV. Andante mosso - Allegro moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
23. I. Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
24. II. Andante tranquillo by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
25. III. Moderato quasi allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
26. IV. Allegro risoluto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
27. Scene 1: Le depart (The departure) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
28. Scene 1: Rencontre avec des camarades (Meeting friends) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
29. Scene 1: L'enjoleuse (The siren) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
30. Scene 1: Les danseurs (The dancers) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
31. Scene 2: L'enfant prodigue et l'enjoleuse (The prodigal son and the siren) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
32. Scene 2: L'ivresse (Drunkenness) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
33. Scene 2: Pillage (The despoiling) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
34. Scene 2: Reveil et remords (Awakening and remorse) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
35. Scene 3: Intermede: Partage du butin (Interlude: Sharing the spoils) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
36. Scene 3: Le retour (The return) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1929 ;
37. I. In the Struggle by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1941 ;
38. II. In the Night by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1941 ;
39. III. For the Brotherhood of Man by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1941 ;
40. I. Andante by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
41. II. Allegro marcato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
42. III. Adagio by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
43. IV. Allegro giocoso by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
44. I. Allegro moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
45. II. Largo by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
46. III. Vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
47. I. Since We Met (from War and Peace) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
48. II. Cinderella in the Palace (from Cinderella) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
49. III. Mephisto Waltz (from Lermontov) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
50. IV. End of the Fairy-Tale (from Cinderella) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
51. V. Waltz for the New Year's Ball (from War and Peace) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
52. VI. Happiness (from Cinderella) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
53. I. Moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
54. II. Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
55. III. Andante espressivo by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
56. IV. Vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
57. IV. Vivace (revised ending) by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
58. III. March by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
59. IV. Scherzo by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
60. I. The Birth of Kijé by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
61. II. Romance by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
62. III. Kijé's Wedding by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
63. IV. Troika by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
64. V. The Burial of Kijé by Sergey Prokofiev
Orchestra/Ensemble: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
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