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Prokofiev: October Cantata, etc / Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118
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Notes & Reviews:

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus are conducted here by Neeme Jarvi with Gennady Rozhdestvensky as the speaker. This recording comprises the 'Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op. 74', and excerpts from 'The Tale of the Stone Flower,' Op. 11. The original Chandos release represented the first complete recording of Prokofiev's Cantata.



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Revolutionary or revolting?
It’s been nearly thirty years since I first encountered this very weird work by Prokofiev. I remember buying a recording on the Melodiya label that featured a worker-hero and his girl in full party (Communist, that is) regalia on the cover (he was also toting what looked like a 9mm Parabellum pistol). I was struck by the energy and color of the work but I also remember that I didn’t like it nearly as much as the other Prokofiev works I was enjoying with youthful enthusiasm: The Gambler (an opera I saw when the Bolshoi company came to New York in the 70s), Alexander Nevsky, Scythian Suite and the Piano concertos. Thirty years later and my opinion has not changed, this is not top-notch Prokofiev, but there is enough to hold your interest and this 1992 recording (Chandos is re-releasing lots of their Prokofiev recordings) is quite good. This Soviet patriotic cantata was written in 1936 and is based on texts by Marx, Lenin and Stalin. The work wasn’t premiered until 1966 and by then the texts by the disgraced Stalin were removed. As you would have suspected, none of these gentlemen were Soviet versions of Lorenzo Da Ponte so such lyrical phrases as “No class now stands on both sides of the barricades” must have presented problems to Prokofiev. All kidding aside, Prokofiev rose to the wretched occasion and wrote a wacky and frequently exciting piece that features chorus, orchestra, military band, accordion band and a speaker shouting speeches by Lenin through a megaphone. In a delicious bit of cameo casting, the great Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky gets to shout the Lenin bits. If you can get over the fact that the people who demanded the work were monsters and the philosophy that inspired it was miserable, there is plenty to like. As a matter of fact, if you are a fan of film music you will be in heaven. The kaleidoscopic Revolution movement features chorus colliding with orchestra and bellowing Lenin speeches, it’s like the Battle on the Ice from Nevsky on amphetamines. The Oath, another big choral number, brings in the accordion band and the purely orchestral Symphony movement offers the energetic, at times frenzied Prokofiev in full flight. Neeme Järvi leads a superb performance and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus are brilliant. It’s all weird fun and very much worth a listen.
Submitted on 09/28/09 by Craig Zeichner 
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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, for 2 choruses, accordions & orchestra,
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Ural Rhapsody (Act 3, no 29)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Katerina sits by the fire (Act 4, no 39)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Scene and Dance of Katerina (Act 4, no 40)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Russian Dance (Act 3, no 31)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Gypsy Dance (Act 3, no 32)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Severyan's Dance (Act 3, no 33)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Tale of the Stone Flower, ballet, Op. 118 :: Solo of the Gypsy Girl and Coda (Act 3, no 34)
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (06/08/1992-06/09/1992)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1948-1953