Prokofiev Suite

Muti, Chicago Symphony - Prokofiev: Suite From Romeo And Juliet (2014)

Muti, Chicago Symphony - Prokofiev: Suite From Romeo And Juliet (2014)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 254 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Cso Resound | Catalog Number: 1402

In the summer of 1917, Chicago businessman Cyrus McCormick, Jr., the farm machine magnate, met ̀the 26-year-old composer Sergei Prokofiev while on a business trip to Russia. Prokofiev was unknown to McCormick, but the composer recognised the distinguished American’s name at once, because the estate his father had managed owned several impressive International Harvester machines. McCormick expressed an interest in the composer’s new music, and he eventually agreed to pay for the printing of his unpublished 'Scythian Suite'. He also encouraged Prokofiev to come to the United States, and asked him to send some of his scores to Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Frederick Stock. Prokofiev made his debut with the Chicago Symphony the following season, playing his First Piano Concerto and conducting the orchestra in his Scythian Suite in December 1918, both U.S. premieres and returned to Chicago four more times.
Ufuk & Bahar Dordoncu - Sergei Prokofiev & Dmitri Shostakovich: Works For 2 Pianists Under Soviet Rule (2009)

Ufuk & Bahar Dördüncü - Sergei Prokofiev & Dmitri Shostakovich:
Works For 2 Pianists Under Soviet Rule (2009)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 232 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: hat[now]ART | # 177 | Time: 00:59:54

These are excellent performances of exceptionally interesting repertoire. Prokofiev himself arranged 19 numbers from his Cinderella ballet for solo piano, so he surely would not have objected in principle to their reworking for two pianos; nor in practice, I suspect, because Pletnev’s arrangements are fabulously idiomatic and the playing here has all the requisite sparkle and drive. Shostakovich’s Op 6 Suite is far too seldom heard. True, it is an apprentice piece and open to criticism – both the first two movements peter out rather unconvincingly and the blend of grandiosity à la Rachmaninov and academic dissection of material à la Taneyev is not always a happy or very original one. But as a learning experience the Suite was a vital springboard for the First Symphony a couple of years later and there is real depth of feeling in the slow movement, as well as intimations elsewhere of the obsessive drive of the mature Shostakovich. What a phenomenally talented 16-year-old he was!
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Op. 111 & Waltz Suite (2016)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, Op. 111 & Waltz Suite
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d.booklet | 68:16 min | 287 MB
Label: Naxos - 8.573029 | Tracks: 09 | 2016
Classical, Orchestral

Prokofiev started work on his Sixth Symphony in 1945 and, unlike the victorious mood of the Fifth (Naxos 8.573029) it reveals a darker response to war and its consequences. The work was condemned by the ‘Zhdanov decree’ but composer and critics regarded the symphony highly, the noble yet anguished threnody of its central Largo balanced by the painful violence of the outer movements. The work’s ending has been described as “one of the most shattering in the repertoire”. With themes both capricious and sensuous, the Waltz Suite recycles material from earlier scores to create a remarkably effective quasi-symphonic entity.
Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony - Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 / The Year 1941 (2012) [BD-Audio Rip]

Marin Alsop, São Paulo Symphony - Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 / The Year 1941 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 59:38 minutes | 1,03 GB
Blu-Ray Pure Audio | Sourced track: LPCM | Artwork: Front cover

Written in 1944, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit”. The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union.
Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet Suites (2007)

Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet Suites (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz | Digital Booklet | 607 MB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download - Source: eClassical

Combined, Prokofiev’s three suites from Romeo include about half of the score. Still, most conductors who want to give us a full CD (or even a full LP) of Romeo pick their own extracts from the complete ballet instead of stringing together the suites. That’s probably at least partly because they don’t share Prokofiev’s preferences when it comes to favorite moments—but it’s also because, as written, the suites are organized for musical rather than narrative coherence, and thus provide little sense of the play’s dramatic trajectory. One way around the second of these issues, of course, is to reorder the suites: that’s, for instance, what Mitropoulos does with selections from the more popular First and Second. Here Andrew Litton pushes that idea to its limit, giving us all 20 movements of the three suites “in the order the music appears in the ballet score.”
Prokofiev - "On Guard for Peace", op.124, Suite from ''The Queen of Spades'' (2009)

Prokofiev - "On Guard for Peace", op.124, Suite from ''The Queen of Spades'' (2009)
(Оратория "На страже мира" на стихи С.Маршака, симф. сюита "Пиковая Дама")
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi

EAC Rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | 240 MB | +PDF booklet
MP3 CBR 320kbps | 154 MB | +PDF booklet
Classical | Chandos | 65:59

This disc contains two works that have been newly recorded. And they are strange works indeed. During the late 1930s Prokofiev wrote three pieces based on works of Pushkin – incidental music for a production of Pushkin's play, Boris Godunov; incidental music for a stage production of his Eugene Onegin; and music for The Queen of Spades. The latter was never finished and never produced, largely because of a change in attitudes from Stalin's government about what art works should focus on. As for the 1950 oratorio 'On Guard for Peace', the less said the better. This is one of those god-awful patriotic oratorios that Stalin's apparatchiks ordered by the yard from the country's composers. This one extols Stalin and the Soviet state, and recalls the sacrifices of WWII. History notes and lyrics in Russian and English can be found in the booklet.
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, Lieutenant Kije - suite; etc - S. Connery; A. Dorati

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; Lieutenant Kijé Suite; Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Narrated by Sean Connery; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Antal Dorati
Classical | 1CD | EAC RIP | FLAC+LOG+M3u No CUE | Full scans| 312 Mb | RS Links
Publisher: DECCA/London

…Why should you buy this recording as opposed to the others on the market though? Well, First there is Dorati- who puts all the dance, gaitey and life into these pieces that are necessary. They sing, they dance, all because of Dorati's expertise with ballet-music. He also gets top-notch playing for the Lt. Kije Suite as well. Secondly, SEAN CONNERY- I laughed out loud when I first realized this icon of dialect was coupled with my favorite conductor on this CD, and later I was even more pleased at how well it worked.
You will surely enjoy both the expert playing, and the narrating of all of these purely fun, purely child-like pieces…
As for sound quality, don't expect too much. It's an old recording. But can anything match the joy of hearing Sean utter, "Birdie and I have caught the wolf"?

Jenny Lin - Prokofiev & Zaborov: Piano Works (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at April 24, 2017
Jenny Lin - Prokofiev & Zaborov: Piano Works (2017)

Jenny Lin - Prokofiev & Zaborov: Piano Works
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 62:38 min | 150 MB
Label: Steinway and Sons | Tracks: 43 | 2017

“In a Russia still bathing in nostalgia for Chekhov’s novellas and the twilight romanticism of Tchaikovsky, the appearance on the musical scene of Sergei Prokofiev was a major artistic turning point. In the context of early 20th century complacency, his music was soon to overturn many an article of faith. And in its stylistic expression, my own music is partially inspired by 20th c. Russian tradition, a legacy whose spiritual depth constantly nourishes my imagination with crucial aspects of its mysterious essence.”
Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011) [Re-Up]

Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ica Classics | # ICAC 5020 | Time: 01:16:28

Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) was one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time having studied under the legendary Josef Hofmann. This WDR studio broadcast sourced from the original master tapes has Cherkassky playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1970 in superb stereo. He recorded the Rhapsody only once in 1953 for EMI in mono but it has never been issued on CD so this taping is exceptionally important and adds a major work to Cherkassky’s large discography. Prokofiev’s wartime Piano Sonata No.7 was never recorded commercially by Cherkassky so this is another addition to his discography sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. It was recorded in 1951 when Cherkassky was fast becoming a star in Germany. The three scenes from Stravinsky’s Petruschka was a favourite virtuoso work for Cherkassky and this 1951 recording shows him at his most brilliant, sourced from WDR’s original master tapes. Three encores have been added from 1951 and 1953 (not sourced from WDR) which again showcase Cherkassky’s incredible technique during the early period of his career in Germany.

Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at April 15, 2017
Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)

Vilde Frang - Sibelius, Prokofiev: Violin Concertos (2009)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:03:59 | 288 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 50999 6 84413 2 6

Norwegian-born violinist Vilde Frang makes her solo recording debut with Prokofiev's first Violin Concerto and Sibelius' Violin Concerto, plus three of the Finnish composer's Humoresques for violin and piano. With her sweet tone, fluent technique, and soulful interpretations, Frang's performances can stand comparison to many of the great recorded performances of the past. She digs in deep in Sibelius' outer movements and dispatches their manifold difficulties with apparent ease.