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 McCormick expressed an interest in the composer’s new music, and he eventually agreed to pay for the printing of his unpublished 'Scythian Suite'.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!
Grigory Sokolov - Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (2014) 2CDs

Grigory Sokolov - J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (2014) 2CDs
Early Recordings from 1975, 1982 and 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 549 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 301 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02049 | Time: 02:07:54

Firma Melodiya presents concert recordings of J.S. Bach's compositions performed by Grigory Sokolov, arguably the most intellectual of all modern Russian pianists. At the age of 16, he became a winner of the 3rd International Tchaikovsky Competition and has been an active concert performer for more than forty years. There are just few musicians now who are described as "He lives for the sake of music. Only music". Sokolov's biography is not rich in external events as he is not a public figure. However, those who have heard him in concert or on records will never be able to forget his play. Sokolov prefers deeply considered "music of mind" to virtuosic lustre. He is mostly known as an interpreter of Bach's works, late Beethoven and Brahms. "He is often compared with Gould. But Sokolov has a Bach of his own. He is more of a philosopher", a critic wrote about his performance in the Literaturnaya Gazeta. But unlike the Canadian intellectual genius of pianism, Sokolov has preferred concerts to recordings. "The biggest gap is the one between the microphone and a man", the musician believes. The Goldberg Variations, Bach's most complicated cycle from the performing point of view, was recorded by Grigory Sokolov in concert in 1982. The album also includes Partita in C minor and English Suite in A minor recorded in various years.

Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan - Prokofiev for Two (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at March 23, 2018
Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan - Prokofiev for Two (2018)

Martha Argerich & Sergei Babayan - Prokofiev for Two (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 206 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 19 | Time: 60:02 min

Pianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded two selections from Prokofiev’s music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. Prokofiev for Two, set for release worldwide March 23 via Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together.

VA - Prokofiev: The Essentials (2018)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Feb. 18, 2018
VA - Prokofiev: The Essentials (2018)

VA - Prokofiev: The Essentials (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 571 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 25 | Time: 143:43 min

A Russian composer whose modernity seems to be inherent in him rather than something artificial or over-intellectualized. His natural feeling for melody and rhythm – by turns humorous (Peter and the Wolf), lyrical (Concerto for Piano & Orchestra no. 3), elegiac (Visions fugitives), aggressive (Scythian Suite), or all of the above (Lieutenant Kije Suite) – is wedded to a desire for direct communication with the listener and a quality of continually interesting invention.
Riuggiero Ricci, Ernest Ansermet - Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) (2000)

Riuggiero Ricci, Ernest Ansermet - Prokofiev: Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Romeo and Juliet (excerpts) (2000)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:34:10 | 759 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Elite Classics | Catalog: AS-161-A

Ernest Ansermet was in the peak of his directorial power in this decade. The real effort to guide and elevate the Suisse Romande to the most famous swiss orchestra ever was made for this admirable and not yet recognized conductor. Ansermet had a special rapport for the Russian composers. In this recording we have the presence of the virtuosi violinist Ruggiero Ricci characterized with a cold temperament but gifted with a steel sound extremely adequate for this works, giving his best musical achievement of his brilliant career with both Prokoviev violin concertos.

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 8, 2018
Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev Conduct Their Works (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Parnassus Records | # PACD 96023 | Time: 01:08:09

Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev both made well-known recordings of their own music. But Parnassus has brought back two rare recordings of Stravinsky’s conducting, and has made Prokofiev’s only recording as a conductor more listenable than it’s ever been before.
Brussels Philharmonic & Stéphane Denève - Prokofiev: Romantic Suites (2017)

Brussels Philharmonic & Stéphane Denève - Prokofiev: Romantic Suites
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 67:57 min | 301 MB
Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

The Brussels Philharmonic and music director Stéphane Denève will appear on Deutsche Grammophon. Brussels Philharmonic is the first symphony orchestra in Belgium to work with this record label. For its second recording with the more than 100-year-old Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra opted for the ballet music of Sergei Prokofiev. Denève’s touch is clearly noticeable: he created a new musical dramaturgy, choosing from the existing suites, giving rise to new and exciting combinations.
Brussels Philharmonic & Stéphane Denève - Prokofiev: Romantic Suites (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Brussels Philharmonic & Stéphane Denève - Prokofiev: Romantic Suites (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 67:57 minutes | 1.05 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The Brussels Philharmonic and music director Stéphane Denève will appear on Deutsche Grammophon. Brussels Philharmonic is the first symphony orchestra in Belgium to work with this record label. For its second recording with the more than 100-year-old Deutsche Grammophon, the orchestra opted for the ballet music of Sergei Prokofiev. Denève’s touch is clearly noticeable: he created a new musical dramaturgy, choosing from the existing suites, giving rise to new and exciting combinations.
Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo & Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Orchestral Works (2017)

Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo & Marin Alsop - Prokofiev: Orchestral Works
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:31 min | 202 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 2017

Sergey Prokofiev’s final years were clouded by ill-health, and the Seventh Symphony was his last significant work, full of poignant nostalgia and restrained but deeply expressed emotion. The Love for Three Oranges consolidated Prokofiev’s reputation in the West in the 1920s, both this and the satirical tale of Lieutenant Kijé producing two of his most popular suites. This is the final volume of the acclaimed cycle of Prokofiev’s Symphonies with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.