Prokofiev Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 (2017)

Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

James Gaffigan

The image Sergei Prokofiev seems to project, particularly when it comes to the music he wrote while living in the West from 1914 to 1935, is one of a joker and an agitator, yet a classical composer at the core. This double identity can be heard even in his earliest works, mostly for piano, written before 1914, and was sealed with his ‘Classical’ Symphony in 1917. The subtitle is the composer’s own. Indeed, Prokofiev stated, ‘I wanted to write a symphony that Haydn or Mozart would have written had they lived in the twentieth century.’ In this way, he codified not only his own image, but also that of neoclassicism itself (the prevailing style during the interwar years) as ‘classical music with a few wrong notes here and there’. His French contemporary Florent Schmitt called the work ‘an unpublished Haydn’, a characterization which is in part justified. In terms of their length, form, instrumentation and harmony, the first and last movements resemble a classical sonata.

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James Gaffigan

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also appointed the Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne in September 2013, a position that was created for him. 

In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London, Dresden and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsches Symphony-Orchestra (Berlin), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester, Zurich, Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leipzig and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Sydney Symphony. In the States, he has worked with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore and National Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others.

Born in New York City in 1979, Mr. Gaffigan has degrees from both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He also studied at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

In 2009, Mr. Gaffigan completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony in a position specially created for him. Prior to that appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst from 2003 through 2006. James Gaffigan’s international career was launched when he was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. 

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Prokofiev Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5 (2017)

Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Cables: Siltech
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Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Room: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf, Brenden Heinst
Recording location: MCO studio 5 Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 - Allegro
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 - Intermezzo. Larghetto
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 - Gavotta - Non troppo allegro
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Symphony No. 1, Op. 25 - Finale - Molto vivace
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 - Andante
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 - Allegro marcato
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 - Adagio
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Symphony No. 5, Op. 100 - Allegro giocoso
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