Prokofiev – Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

State Academic Symphony/GASO

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

As Artistic Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia “Evgeny Svetlanov” since 2011, I have the honour of leading one of Russia’s oldest and most traditional ensembles. When we discussed the first recordings with Pentatone, it was immediately clear to one and all that we wanted to record works by Russian composers. I quickly came up with the idea of a complete recording of symphonies by Sergei Prokofiev – of which this recording is the first release. It was very important to me to begin the cycle not with works that are popular in the West, such as the Symphonies No. 1 or No. 5, but rather to deliberately first tackle the obscure and, one might even say, impenetrable works.

For me personally, Prokofiev’s second and third symphonies rank among the most interesting and significant symphonic works in general – not just in Prokofiev’s oeuvre – dating from the period before World War II. Both works are still unfairly neglected, appearing only rarely on the concert programmes of the great orchestras. Of course, there is a reason for this: these pieces are enormously difficult to interpret. This is especially true for the second symphony. It is incredibly challenging, requiring extreme physical effort from the musicians.

 

 

Tracklist

1.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Allegro ben articolato
12:32
2.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Theme
01:46
3.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 1
02:07
4.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 2
02:42
5.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 3
02:15
6.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 4
04:38
7.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 5
03:02
8.
Symphony No. 2 Op. 40 - Variation 6 and Theme
06:24
9.
Symphony No. 3 Op. 44 - Moderato
13:54
10.
Symphony No. 3 Op. 44 - Andante
07:29
11.
Symphony No. 3 Op. 44 - Allegro agitato u Allegretto
09:03
12.
Symphony No. 3 Op. 44 - Andante mosso u Allegro moderato
06:50

Total time: 01:12:42

Additional information

Label

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PTC5186624

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Editing Software

Pyramix

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Producer

Recording Engineer

Jean Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

Recording Software

Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD 64fs

Release Date November 3, 2017

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