Notes & Reviews:
A recording of one of Sergey Prokofiev's least frequently performed operas, Semyon Kotko. The first opera Prokofiev composed after returning to the Soviet Union. Vsevolod Meyerhold, a director and old friend and companion of Prokofiev, was supposed to stage the new opera but he fell victim to the Stalinist terror. Recorded in 1960 by soloists of the Moscow opera theatres and the All-Union Radio Choir and Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Zhukov.
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014
Heroic Ukrainian peasantry in the 1918 Civil War, depicted at vast length, with fine movements among much that's routine. Decent singing and playing; reasonable sound.
Financial Times, 26th April 2014
Whatever you think of the plot, the music is from Prokofiev's top drawer. The excellent cast - no big names - shows the strength in depth of Moscow's opera ensembles at the height of the Cold War...[Zhukov] radiates the enterprise with conviction.
Recording information: Russia (1960).
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Works DetailsProkofiev, Sergey : Semyon Kotko, opera, Op. 81
- Conductor: Mikhail Zhukov
- Ensemble: All-Union Radio Orchestra
- Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1939