Alexander Prokofiev

Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8 (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Alexander Melnikov - Prokofiev: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 6, 8 (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:57 minutes | 1.03 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

In this first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev sonatas, his compatriot Alexander Melnikov reveals three emblematic works. The brilliant Second Sonata dates from 1912, when its composer was still a student at the St Petersburg Conservatory; with the Sixth (1939) and Eighth (1944) we meet the master in his full maturity, plunged in the darkest years of the Great Terror and the war. Echoes of his music for the theatre, lyricism and violence mingle amid ultra-virtuoso pianism.
London SO & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich, Soloists - Sergey Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs

Sergey Prokofiev - Ivan the Terrible; Alexander Nevsky (1992) 2CDs
Christopher Plummer (narrator), Tamara Sinyavskaya, Sergei Leiferkus, Dolora Zajick
New London Children’s Choir, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; Mstislav Rostropovich

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 552 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 325 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Oratorio | Label: Sony Classical | # S2K 48387 | Time: 02:14:45

The famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein held Prokofiev the film composer in the highest regard, and to couple their two celebrated collaborations, Ivan the Terrible and Alexander Nevsky, in a two-disc set is therefore entirely appropriate. Ivan the Terrible, however, is a problematic score. Assembled by Abram Stassevich after the composer’s death, the oratorio lacks the large-scale balances and tensions of Prokofiev’s own Nevsky cantata, relying on narration to hold the structure together. This substantial English version by Michael Lankester, intended to ‘compensate for the lack of visual image’, is well projected by Christopher Plummer. Rostropovich directs a vivid performance of Alexander Nevsky, and only the rich tone of Russian voices is lacking. The LSO plays brilliantly, while the recording does full justice to one of Prokofiev’s finest scores.
Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, Dmitrij Kitajenko - Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015

Sergey Prokofiev: The Symphonies (2008) 5CD Box Set, Reissue 2015
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.28 Gb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C7190 | Time: 04:43:11

Following the successful publication on Cappriccio of all Shostakovich’s symphonies on CD, Dmitrij Kitajenko once again collaborates with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln to perform the complete recording of all of Sergey Prokofiev’s seven symphonies. Together they embark on a very challenging project, both in terms of time and level of technical difficulty, a project that demanded huge efforts and potential from the orchestra conductor alike. Prokofiev’s symphonies could not be more varied. They were written at different times throughout the composer’s life and each one individually reflects the pressure of political dictatorship and forced submission to merciless censorship that was prevalent throughout the Soviet-era. On the other hand, the huge energy, the hopes and desires, emotional and social messages conveyed between the lines could not be vanquished even by dictators and censors.
Han-Na Chang, Antonio Pappano, LSO - Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008

Sergey Prokofiev - Sinfonia Concertante, Sonata for Cello and Piano (2003) Reissue 2008
Han-Na Chang, cello; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor & piano

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 50999 5 18189 2 0 | Time: 01:01:41

This is a fine recording of two vastly under-appreciated works by young cello virtuoso Han-Na Chang. She has the extraordinary technique to play the excruciatingly difficult cadenza in the central movement of the Sinfonia Concertante and the sustained tone to play the long, lyrical melodies in the opening movement of the cello sonata. Antonio Pappano is a faithful accompanist whether he's directing the London Symphony Orchestra in the Sinfonia Concertante or playing the piano in the cello sonata.
Alexander Ivashkin, Russian State SO, Valeri Polyansky - Sergey Prokofiev: Symphony No. 2; Symphony-Concerto (2002)

Sergey Prokofiev - Symphony No. 2 Op. 40, Symphony-Concerto Op. 125 (2002)
Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valeri Polyansky

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9989 | Time: 01:19:39

Chandos’s previous Prokofiev series, recorded in the 80s with Neëme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, is still probably the most recommendable complete cycle available. Chandos now seem to feel the need to start again, the reason possibly being that they are now using ‘authentically’ all-Russian forces. Whatever the company’s motivation (or if indeed it is to be a complete cycle), the results are impressively powerful, and the coupling stimulating and generous.
Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)

Alexei Lubimov - Messe Noire: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Scriabin (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 213 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM New Series 1679, 465 1372 | Time: 01:05:54

This CD's title, Messe Noire, and its dark cover art may mislead some into thinking this album is filled with evil, forbidden things; but the only selection that suggests the diabolical is Alexander Scriabin's macabre Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass," and it comes at the very end, after Igor Stravinsky's light, neo-Classical Serenade in A, Dmitry Shostakovich's sardonic Sonata No. 2, and Sergey Prokofiev's witty but brutal knuckle-buster, the Sonata No. 7, which all have their dark moments, certainly, but not the same sinister mood found in Scriabin. If pianist Aleksei Lubimov's aim in bringing these Russian masterworks together points to some other unifying idea – perhaps the significance of the piano in these composers' thinking – then some other title might have been more helpful. As it is, though, this album seems most unified in Lubimov's vigorous style of playing, brittle execution, and emphasis on the piano's percussive sonorities, evident in each performance. This spiky approach works best in Prokofiev's sonata, and fairly well in Shostakovich's and Stravinsky's pieces; but it seems too sterile in Scriabin's music, which needs more languor and sensuous writhing than clarity or crispness.
Sergey Prokofiev - Complete Works for Cello and Piano (Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Tatyana Lazareva, piano) (2003)

Sergey Prokofiev - Complete Works for Cello and Piano (Alexander Ivashkin, cello; Tatyana Lazareva, piano) (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10045 | Time: 01:07:43

Captured in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory where much of Prokofiev's work was first heard, it's surprising to find so many aspects of the composer's style represented, from the Romanticism of the early Ballade through the spiky dissonances of Chout to the elegiac, unfinished Solo Sonata. Aided by characterful piano-playing by Tatyana Lazareva, Ivashkin's recital compares most favourably with his similar programme on Ode for which he was accompanied by a more reticent pianist; although the earlier disc includes the Concertino movement in the guise of Rostropovich's cello quintet arrangement, the absence of the Chout transmogrification makes the Chandos collection appear better value.
Russakovsky, Nicholson - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas (2014)

Russakovsky, Nicholson - Rachmaninov, Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 249 MB | MP3 320Kbps CBR | 168 MB | 1 CD | Full Scans
Genre: Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | Catalog Number: 94771

This new recording (recorded in 2012) brings together two great, but altogether different 20th century Cello Sonatas from Russia: the gorgeous and deeply romantic cello sonata by Rachmaninoff, of near‐symphonic proportions, and the cello sonata by Prokofiev, a hybrid piece of his later period, a fascinating mixture of the romantic, the grotesque and the introspective side of the multi-faceted composer.
Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic  - Prokofiev / Mussorgsky (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]  PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Thomas Schippers, New York Philharmonic (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata (1963) / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition {Ravel} (1965)

PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 74:01 minutes | Full Art (PDF) | 5,13 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Art (PDF) | 1,44 GB

Thomas Schippers conducts the New York Philharmonic in two Russian showpieces. Thomas Schippers had a sadly short career, but these recordings show his art at the best. The Nevsky is from 1962, while the Pictures is from 1965. The sources are not entirely clear, but both were likely 3-track recordings, and both have been redone in surround for this release.
Sergei Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky (2004) {Hybrid-SACD // EAC Rip}

Sergei Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky
Marina Domaschenko / Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Frank Strobel
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 257 MB | Full Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Capriccio # 71 014 | Country/Year: Europe 2004
Genre: Classical, Stage & Screen | Style: Soundtrack, Contemporary Classical

…Overall, I find this a must-have and a stunning interpretation regardless of whether it's an SACD or not. Lovers of this piece should not hesitate to get this. The SACD has 27 tracks and is about 55 min long. The interpretation is exciting, flexible, and lithe, and that's all anyone could ask for in a Prokofiev piece as great as this. That I'm inspired to watch the movie again is a testament to the performance and the movie because, to me, it's so hard to separate the two.