Prokofiev Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Prokofiev wrote his Sixth Symphony almost straight after the Fifth. The Sixth is quite different from the Fifth, despite the success of the latter at its premiere, which the composer himself conducted in January 1945. Where the mood of the Fifth is triumphant and heroic (the Nazis had almost succumbed to defeat by this stage), the Sixth is more elegiac, less compact and more diffuse. Opinions differ widely on the work’s form; the Russian musicologist Nestiev, one of Prokofiev’s first biographers and of course toeing the Party line as he wrote, argued that the composer had swapped over the exposition and development in the first movement. If this is true, it may explain why the opening seems like a bombardment of motifs tumbling over each other, so that the surfeit of themes only gradually gives way to a semblance of order as the movement progresses.

Tracklist

1.
Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- I. Allegro moderato
15:04
2.
Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- II. Largo
14:03
3.
Symphony no. 6 in E-flat minor op. 111- III. Vivace
11:40
4.
Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - I. Moderato
09:39
5.
Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - II. Allegretto
08:05
6.
Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - III. Andante espressivo
05:36
7.
Symphony no. 7 in C-sharp minor op. 138 - IV. Vivace
08:45

Total time: 01:12:52

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72714

Qualities

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Channels

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Artists

Composers

Genres

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Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

dCS

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mastering Equipment

Avalon

Microphones

Sonodore

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date March 3, 2016

Press reviews

Stereophile Magazine

“These releases in a projected cycle of all of Prokofiev’s symphonies are blockbusters. First, James Gaffigan’s view of these works is passionate. This is Prokofiev with weight and wit. The Netherlands RPO carries it all off with power and precision. The engineering by Bert van der Wolf is spectacular, with a spacious soundstage and formidable bass.”

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