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Prokofiev: Symphonies 3 & 7 / Kirill Karabits, Bournemouth SO

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Onyx presents the first release in a complete Prokofiev symphony cycle featuring Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Karabits has had access to the Prokofiev family archive, so throughout this project there will be quite a few surprises. The present recording includes the Symphonies Nos.3 and 7. The third makes extensive use of music from the opera The Fiery Angel. It is a vividly colorful work, sensual and exciting. The seventh dates from 1952, the year before the composer's death. Intended as a work for young people, it harkens back to the great ballet scores. Prokofiev provided an alternative 'upbeat' conventional ending to the symphony at the request of colleagues so as not to provoke criticism from the Soviet authorities. This alternative finale is included after the symphony. Today the work is always performed with the reflective peaceful 'leave taking' ending that the composer preferred.

The Telegraph, 13th March 2014
Karabits has certainly not gone for the most popular - testifies not only to his persuasive command of the idiom but also to the way he has managed to inculcate such an apt-sounding timbre and flair into the Bournemouth orchestra's manner of playing...Altogether this is a highly auspicious start to what should be a keenly collected series.

The Times, 14th March 2014
The beauty here is the retrospective Symphony No 7, last of the lot, delivered at exactly the right weight, its black sorrows balanced by tender ironyIn the turbulent drama of the Third...Karabits could have delivered extra blood and guts, but there's no doubting the orchestra's present flair in Russian repertoire.

Sunday Times, 30th March 2014
The rich, dark "Russian" sound and nimble virtuosity he gets from the band are vivid successes of his regime in Bournemouth.

The Guardian, 11th April 2014
Karabits argues that the Third has a logic of its own, unrelated to the opera, and maintains his case in a truly terrifying yet detailed performance that precariously balances formal tautness with atrocious emotional intensity. The Seventh, he claims, is "a very tragic work", which is pushing it, though his interpretation is unnervingly bleak.

MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014
The Bournemouth Orchestra can hold its head high in the most august company. These two performances are terrific.

Financial Times, 26th April 2014
Two of Prokofiev's least familiar symphonies...find unexpectedly persuasive advocates in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its Ukrainian chief conductor Kirill Karabits, who unerringly identifies the composer's lyrical and acerbic extremes.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Karabits, supported by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's outstandingly responsive playing, gives an utterly compelling account of the Third...Karabits's performance of No. 7, with both its reflective conclusion and the alternative upbeat ending recorded, is if anything even more remarkable.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
Those who find a ruthless, high-octane manner unpalatable even in music as inescapably OTT as Prokofiev's Third Symphony will welcome Karabits's cooler, more analytical approach...I don't think I have heard this score rendered with greater sophistication than it is in the Lighthouse, Poole...the music emerges refreshed.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Bournemouth ensemble plays with impressive cohesion and unanimity - nobody's phoning it in here - and it sounds like they really assimilated the conductor's commitment and enthusiasm for the music. Onyx's sonics are big, broad, and spacious.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/2013).


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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951-52.
  • Running Time: 30 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951-1952