Symphony No. 5 in B flat (2007)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski

He died on the same day as Stalin. Not only did March 5, 1953 see the ending of the life of the Soviet dictator who despised mankind, but also of the life journey of Sergei Prokofiev, which had travelled its winding path for more than 60 years and not always developed in the most predictable manner. Stalin’s funeral was a state ceremony, whereas Prokofiev’s burial merited a brief report only.
Prokofiev was born in 1891 as the son of an estate manager. As a young man and graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, he became the enfant terrible of the Russian music scene thanks to compositions such as his Scythian Suite, before leaving for the U.S.A. in 1918. After 1923, he lived and composed in Paris for almost a decade, with interruptions for various concert tours to his native Russia. In contrast to Stravinsky, for example, Prokofiev never really adapted to living abroad, and thus he returned to the Soviet Union in 1936, despite the patently obvious political signs. This return was inevitable – and simultaneously disastrous.Although Prokofiev managed to quickly overcome the artistic crisis from which he had suffered during his years in Paris, he was now faced with the inexorable cultural-political doctrine of the Soviet Union. Harassment and surveillance were the order of the day. According to the notorious resolution taken by the Central Committee on February 10, 1948, Prokofiev’s music was also considered “formalist” and “hostile to the spirit of the people”.

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Russian National Orchestra

The Russian National Orchestra was founded in 1990 by pianist and conductor Mikhail Pletnev and is today recognized as one of the world’s top orchestras.  Maintaining an active international tour schedule, the RNO appears throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, and is a frequent visitor to major festivals such as Edinburgh, Shanghai and the BBC Proms.  The orchestra presents its own RNO Grand Festival each September to open the Moscow season, and is founding orchestra of Festival del Sole, held every July in California’s Napa Valley.

RNO concerts are regularly aired on National Public Radio in the United States, the European Broadcasting Union, and Russia's Kultura channel.  The orchestra's critically acclaimed discography, launched with a 1991 CD cited as the best recording of Tchaikovsky’s Pathéthiquein history, now numbers more than 80 recordings, with conductors that include Founder and Music Director Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Vasily Petrenko and Carlo Ponti. 

Vladimir Jurowski

Born in Moscow as a son of conductor Mikhail Jurowski, Vladimir Jurowski completed the first part of his musical studies in his native town at the Music College of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1990 he moved with his family to Germany where he continued his studies at High Schools of Music in Dresden and in Berlin, studying conducting with Rolf Reuter and vocal coaching with Semion Skigin. In 1995 he made his international debut at the Wexford Festival, where he conducted Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night. The same year saw his brilliant debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Nabucco.

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Symphony No. 5 in B flat (2007)

Prokofiev

Russian National Orchestra

Cables: van den Hul
Microphones: Neumann, PDA
Producer: Polyhymnia International
Recording Software: Pyramix
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Symphony No. 5 - Andante
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Symphony No. 5 - Allegro marcato
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Symphony No. 5 - Adagio
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Symphony No. 5 - Allegro giocoso
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Ode to the End of the War Op. 105
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