Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; The Year 1941 / Marin Alsop [Blu-ray audio]

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Year 1941, suite for orchestra, Op. 90
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Written in 1944, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it "a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit". The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union. Marin Alsop has been Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007, a relationship now extended to 2015. Currently Conductor Emeritus of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, since 1992 she has also been Music Director of California's prizewinning Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The first thing that struck me is the sound - fantastic! Very quickly, one realizes that the performance is spectacular, too, very much deserving of the state-of-the-art audio engineering. More on that in a moment, but first a technical note.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011).



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>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Year 1941, suite for orchestra, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944