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Prokofiev: Symphonies nos 1 - 7 (complete) / Czech Philharmonic - Zdenek Kosler

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>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 47
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Scythian Suite, Op. 20
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 47
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Scythian Suite, Op. 20
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Recordings from 1973-1982 in newly remastered sound.

Sergei Prokofiev’s seven symphonies reflect all the stylistic transformations along his artistic path – from a “modernist”, whose works echo the headlong development of music in the first two decades of the 20th century, to the mature creator of Symphony No. 7 (1951/52), characterised by melodiousness and freedom of expression. While the Scythian Suite, with its harshly “barbarian” aggressiveness, is the work of a young innovator, the simple Haydn-like melody treatment and lucid texture of the First Symphony, which the twenty-five-year-old Prokofiev referred to as "Classical", made it perhaps his most frequently performed work, one that anticipated the neo-Classical trend in modern music. Despite Prokofiev’s endeavour to create new “great music” devoid of complexity and accessible to the people, his later compositions were constantly fiercely criticised for being “formalist”.

Zden?k Koler drew attention to his artistry by winning globally prestigious competitions (Besançon, New York), as well as by assisting Leonard Bernstein with the New York Philharmonic. His Prokofiev with the Czech Philharmonic is one of the very first complete recordings of the composer’s symphonic works. - Supraphon

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical"
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/27/1976-09/29/1976)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (03/28/1980-03/31/1980)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (10/01/1982-10/05/1982)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 4 in C major, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (11/16/1981-11/18/1981)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (12/13/1978/01/09/1979)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Scythian Suite, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (03/26/1973-03/27/1973)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (09/15/1980-09/17/1980)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944-1947

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Zdenek Kosler
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (10/03/1977/11/30/1977)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951-1952