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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 (revised vers.), Op. 112; The Prodigal Son, Op. 46 / Marin Alsop

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Prodigal Son, ballet, Op. 46
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Prokofiev's imposing Fourth Symphony and his final ballet for Sergey Dyagilev, The Prodigal Son, share common roots but are entirely distinctive in character. The vivid depictions in the ballet's moral tale include sensual temptations, drunken debauchery, robbery and remorse. The 1947 revision of the Fourth Symphony, lengthened and enriched in orchestration by the addition of a piccolo clarinet, piano and harp, makes extended use of themes from The Prodigal Son as well as unused material. Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony with Marin Alsop and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (8.573029) was described as 'an outstanding achievement' by BBC Music Magazine.

The Independent on Sunday, 6th October 2013
Alsop's players spin a convincing yarn, with long lines pushing far beyond the safety of the family home, and they bring the whole to an exhilarating reconciliation.

The Telegraph, 24th October 2013
Alsop illuminates instrumental timbres that Prokofiev often mingles in unconventional alliances...His brand of lyricism, too, is shaped smoothly and with supple, subtle inflections. Together with the energy the Spo Paulo orchestra has at its disposal, all these traits contribute to interpretations that radiate a genuine Prokofiev spirit.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
For once, Prokofiev's Sovietised Fourth does not sound a bombastic and coarsened version of the original; rather, one hears striking and even disturbing echoes of several of his Soviet works...Polished playing and ensemble.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
If you usually find the composer too raw, Alsop's integrated, lyrical view of these works could be just the ticket.

MusicWeb International, 18th December 2013
[Alsop] brings out the lyricism prevalent in the score [of the Symphony], but also rises to the drama of the work's climaxes. The very ending of the symphony is quite powerful and Alsop does not disappoint here...the Spo Paulo Symphony plays its heart out for Alsop.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The most important item here is Sergei Prokofieff's complete Prodigal Son (1929), a ballet based on the Biblical parable. It was his fourth and last ballet for Sergei Diaghilev, who died a few months after the premiere. The performance here is alive, alert, and energetic. The orchestra is on top of its game, with supple lyricism and plenty of thrust in the powerful passages. All this is welcome. On my stereo-only system, the standard CD sounds quite good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil.


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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012-11-27_2012-11-30&2012-)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : The Prodigal Son, ballet, Op. 46
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012-07-04_2012-07-07&2012-)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1928-1929