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 McCormick expressed an interest in the composer’s new music, and he eventually agreed to pay for the printing of his unpublished 'Scythian Suite'.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!
Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) (1991)

Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 297 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 194 mb
Genre: classical

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite; Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring) is a 1991 album by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eduarto Mata. This was released by Dorian Recordings.
Tugan Sokhiev - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite & Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7 (2017)

Tugan Sokhiev - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite & Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7
Classical, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:49 min | 249 MB
Label: Sony Classical | Tracks: 13 | Rls.date: 2017

The first recording of the Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 by DSO Berlin directed by Tugan Sokhiev captured international attention (5 stars from Fono Forum). Now a new recording is being released of Prokofiev’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7 as well as the “Lieutenant Kijé” Suite. The First Symphony is easily the most famous orchestral work by the Russian composer. The work is marked by joyfulness, vitality, and refined rhythm. At the same time, Prokofiev surprises listeners with a compositional style reminiscent of the music of Joseph Haydn.
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 | Rls.date: 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.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Highlights (1994)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung - Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet - Highlights (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 439 870-2 | Time: 01:03:22

Rather than play any single complete suite (of the three) that Prokofiev extracted from the complete ballet, Myung-Whun Chung makes his own selection of numbers, roughly following the plot line and including music representative of all the major characters. Although some other collections offer more music, this hour of Romeo and Juliet makes a satisfying presentation on its own. What makes the performance special is the spectacular playing of the Dutch orchestra. Frankly, it's never been done better. From the whiplash virtuosity of the violins to the bite of the trombones and the firm thud of the bass drum, this is the sound the composer must have dreamed of.
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.
Karajan - Mozart / Grieg / Prokofiev - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Holberg Suite / Symphonie Classique (1982)

Mozart / Grieg / Prokofiev - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Holberg Suite / Symphonie Classique
Berliner Philharmoniker - Herbert von Karajan
EAC+LOG+CUE | FLAC: 191 MB | Full Artwork: 51 MB | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: Deutsche Grammophon # 400 034-2 | Country/Year: Germany 198_, 1982
Genre: Classical | Style: Viennese School, Romantic
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 - Leitenant Kije • Scythian Suite / Khachaturian - Gayaneh Suite (Hermann Scherchen) - 2002

Prokofiev - Leitenant Kije • Scythian Suite / Khachaturian - Gayaneh Suite (Hermann Scherchen)
Classical | EAC | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 1CD, 276 MB
Label: Westminster | Catalog Number: 471 265-2 | TT: 62'51''

Scherchen fans of a certain age will fondly recall the Prokofiev in its original incarnation as Westminster LP WL 5091, its murky brown cover depicting a fierce, fleeing horseman pursued by turquoise-colored flying beasties. That cover illustration, this time with the pursuers in red and the background a more legible mustard, will bring on fits of nostalgia, not only for the cover art but for idiomatic performances of wondrous barbarism. The Scythian Suite, salvaged from a ballet score rejected by Diaghilev, is an early work covered with fingerprints of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Indeed, sections such as the opening of the “Night” episode sound like outtakes from that scandalous model. Imitative or not, the young composer produced a score whose relentless drive and brilliant orchestration should be heard more often. Scherchen launches into the opening orchestral splash like a wild man, gives the horn whoops of the final movement the piquant flavor they need, and is deliciously atmospheric in the aforementioned “Night”..