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Prokofiev - The Symphonies

Composer Sergey Prokofiev
Performer Andrei Bondarenko
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Litton, conductor
Period Modern
Catalogue Number BIS-2594 SACD
EAN 7318599925943
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  5 discs
Release date Sep 2021
Total time 388'57

5 SACDs for the price of 3
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.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Sergei Prokofiev
  Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 14'11
01 I. Allegro 4'19
02 II. Larghetto 3'56
03 III. Gavotte 1'36
04 IV. Finale 4'20
 
  Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40 36'26
05 I. Allegro ben articulato 12'09
06 II. Theme 1'51
07 II. Variation 1 2'08
08 II. Variation 2 2'50
09 II. Variation 3 2'11
10 II. Variation 4 5'25
11 II. Variation 5 2'47
12 II. Variation 6 and Theme 7'05
 
  Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 44 35'49
13 I. Moderato 13'53
14 II. Andante 7'04
15 III. Allegro agitato 8'17
16 IV. Andante mosso - Allegro agitato 6'35
 
 
Disc 2
  Symphony No.4 in C major (revised version), Op. 112 39'08
01 I. Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto 13'29
02 II. Andante tranquillo 10'00
03 III. Moderato, quasi allegretto 5'42
04 IV. Allegro risoluto 9'57
 
  Symphony No.7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131 42'45
05 I. Moderato 10'15
06 II. Allegretto 8'08
07 III. Andante espressivo 5'47
08 IV. Vivace 8'59
09 IV. Vivace with alternative ending 9'36
 
 
Disc 3
  Symphony No.5 in B flat major, Op. 100 45'37
01 I. Andante 14'22
02 II. Allegro marcato 8'35
03 III. Adagio 12'46
04 IV. Allegro giocoso 9'54
 
  Scythian Suite (Ala et Lolly), Op. 20 21'19
05 I. The Adoration of Veles and Ala 5'59
06 II. The Enemy God and the Dance of the Spirits of Darkness 3'25
07 III. Night 5'59
08 IV. The Glorious Departure of Lolly and the Sun's Procession 5'56
 
 
Disc 4
  Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op. 111 42'34
01 I. Allegro moderato 14'26
02 II. Largo 15'58
03 III. Vivace 12'10
 
  Lieutenant Kijé, Op. 60 (Suite symphonique) 19'52
04 I. Naissance de Kijé 4'22
05 II. Romance 4'07
06 III. Noces de Kijé 2'46
07 IV. Troika 2'52
08 V. L'Enterrement de Kijé 5'45
 
  The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33b (Symphonic Suite) 16'34
09 I. The Clowns 2'59
10 II. The Magician Celio and Fata Morgana Play Cards (Infernal Scene) 3'41
11 III. March 1'48
12 IV. Scherzo 1'29
13 V. The Prince and Princess 3'57
14 VI. Flight 2'40
 
 
Disc 5
  Romeo and Juliet 74'06
01 Romeo at the Fountain (Suite III: 1) 1'47
02 The Street Awakens (I: 2) 1'38
03 Morning Dance (III: 2) 2'25
04 Juliet as a Young Girl (II: 2) 3'48
05 The Nurse (III: 4) 2'13
06 Montagues and Capulets (II: 1) 5'33
07 Juliet (III: 3) 4'16
08 Madrigal (I: 3) 3'38
09 Minuet (The Arrival of the Guests, I: 4) 3'04
10 Masks (I: 5) 2'12
11 Romeo and Juliet (Balcony Scene, I: 6) 7'37
12 Folk Dance (I: 1) 4'37
13 Dance (II: 4) 2'00
14 Friar Laurence (II: 3) 2'27
15 Death of Tybalt (I: 7) 4'50
16 Dawn: Romeo and Juliet Part (II: 5) 7'15
17 Aubade (Morning Serenade, III: 5) 2'40
18 Dance of the Girls with Lilies (II: 6) 2'10
19 Romeo at Juliet's Tomb (II: 7) 5'44
20 The Death of Juliet (III: 6) 4'12
 
  Album total 388'57
ComposerProkofiev, Sergei
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorLitton, Andrew
BaritoneBondarenko, Andrei

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