Prokofiev: The Symphonies / Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Release Date: 9/3/2021
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: 594
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5
Length: 380 Minutes

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$59.99
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Celebrating the 130th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953), the present box set brings together recordings of his seven symphonies made by Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra between 2012 and 2017. Released on separate discs, the series has received acclaim from international reviewers, variously highlighting the orchestra ('Bergen Philharmonic plays gorgeously... ', ClassicsToday. Com), the conductor ('It is clear that Litton has a deep understanding of Prokofiev's complex, protean style... ', MusicWeb-International) and the recordings themselves ('BIS's blockbuster sound... ', Fanfare). The symphonies appear with their original couplings, including the popular suites from the film score to Lieutenant Kijé and the ballet The Love for Three Oranges. As an added bonus, the set includes the team's very first recording for BIS: an innovative and highly praised version of Prokofiev's three suites from Romeo and Juliet, with the 20 movements reordered to follow the ballet score.

 

Excerpts of eviews from previously released volumes included in this set:

 

Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

 

In sum these performances, engineered with warmth, clarity and impact, rank with best; and having all three symphonies on a single disc makes this release something of a bargain as well–even at full price.

 

– ClassicsToday.com (10/10; David Hurwitz)

 

This is a perfect disc; absolutely everything goes right. The revised, enlarged version of the Fourth Symphony can sound bloated and too long for its material. This performance, by contrast, has passion, color, and drive aplenty. Especially in the outer movements, you’d never know that the leaner, meaner first version exists, and no praise can be higher than that.

The Seventh has always been, for me at least, a better work than many commentators allow. It contains, for example, one of Prokofiev’s best lyrical melodies in its first movement and finale. The waltz-like scherzo is wholly delightful, the slow third movement touching. Prokofiev often indulges a deliberate simplicity, and Litton takes him at his word, never for a moment lapsing into artifice or affectation.

The finale, which we get to hear twice complete, once with each of its endings, is particularly breezy and exhilarating. Through it all the Bergen Philharmonic plays gorgeously, and the SACD sonics are state-of-the-art. A wonderful release.

 

– ClassicsToday.com (10/10; David Hurwitz)

Works on This Recording
1. I. Allegro by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
2. II. Larghetto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
3. III. Gavotte: Non troppo allegro by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
4. IV. Finale: Molto vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1917 ;
5. I. Allegro ben articolato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
6. II. Theme by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
7. II. Variation 1 by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
8. II. Variation 2 by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
9. II. Variation 3 by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
10. II. Variation 4 by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
11. II. Variation 5 by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
12. II. Variation 6 and Theme by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1925 ;
13. I. Moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
14. II. Andante by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
15. III. Allegro agitato - Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
16. IV. Andante mosso - Allegro moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1928 ;
17. I. Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
18. II. Andante tranquillo by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
19. III. Moderato quasi allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
20. IV. Allegro risoluto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
21. I. Moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
22. II. Allegretto by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
23. III. Andante espressivo by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
24. IV. Vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
25. IV. Vivace (alternative ending) by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1952 ;
26. I. Andante by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
27. II. Allegro marcato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
28. III. Adagio by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
29. IV. Allegro giocoso by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1944 ;
30. I. L'adoration de Veless et de Ala (Invocation to Veles and Ala) by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
31. II. Le dieu ennemi et la danse des esprits noirs (The Evil God and Dance of the Pagan Monster) by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
32. III. La nuit (Night) by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
33. IV. Le départ glorieux de Lolly et le cortège du Soleil (Lolly's Pursuit of the Evil God and the Sunrise) by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1915 ;
34. I. Allegro moderato by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
35. II. Largo by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
36. III. Vivace by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1947 ;
37. I. The Birth of Kijé by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
38. II. Romance by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
39. III. The Wedding of Kijé by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
40. IV. Troika by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
41. V. The Interment of Kijé by Sergey Prokofiev
Performer: Andrei Bondarenko (Baritone)
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1934 ;
42. I. The Clowns by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
43. II. The Magician and the Witch play cards by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
44. III. March by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
45. IV. Scherzo by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
46. V. The Prince and Princess by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
47. VI. The Flight by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1919 ;
48. I. Romeo at the Fountain by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
49. II. Scene by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
50. II. Morning Dance by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
51. II. The Young Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
52. IV. The Nurse by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
53. I. Montagues and Capulets by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
54. III. Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
55. III. Madrigal by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
56. IV. Minuet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
57. V. Masks by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
58. VI. Romeo and Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
59. I. Folk Dance by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
60. IV. Dance by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
61. III. Friar Laurence by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
62. VII. Death of Tybalt by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
63. V. Romeo at Juliet's before Parting by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
64. V. Aubade by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
65. VI. Dance of the Antilles Girls by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
66. VII. Romeo at the Grave of Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1936 ;
67. VI. The Death of Juliet by Sergey Prokofiev
Conductor: Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1946 ;
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