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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 'Classical'; Symphony No. 2; Dreams, Op. 6 / Marin Alsop, Sao Paulo SO

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Dreams, symphonic poem, Op. 6
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Prokofiev had written two symphonies as a student but his first numbered work in the genre was the Classical Symphony, completed in 1917. This evokes, melodically though not necessarily harmonically, the world of Haydn and Mozart, and it has remained one of his most popular works. The Second Symphony, by contrast, is a work of 'iron and steel' (in the composer's words), a symphony of conscious modernity and visceral power. Dreams, a 'symphonic tableau', reveals the potent, early influence on Prokofiev of Scriabin. Of Marin Alsop and the Sa~o Paulo Symphony Orchestra's recording of the Fourth Symphony and The Prodigal Son [8.573186], International Record Review wrote: 'Conductor and orchestra both shine with the excitement of a special relationship in the ascendant'.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Alsop and her Brazilian orchestra turn in a clear-textured performance - no mean feat under the circumstances - but one devoid of the essential angry drive that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the first movement.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
While [Alsop] is often credited with a flair for rhythm and colour, it is the broad, unforced naturalness of these readings which stakes out a distinctive territory. Also unusual is the decision to incorporate a slew of shorter rates.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This time around Alsop's Classical is elegant, graceful, and balletic. It is well put together. Everything flows naturally and sounds confident despite its seemingly leisurely approach. Playing is excellent, and so is the recording. Alsop supplies Prokofieff's iron and steel in I. It is an interpretation that may seem lightweight and polite. She delivers structure, cohesion, reasonable control, and some interesting ideas. Dreams (1910) is a "symphonic tableau" written under the influence of Scriabin. The composer was 19 at the time, and this beautiful work earns its title. The sound for these performances is excellent, as is the orchestra, which sounds in excellent shape in the hands of its new music director.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (03/20/2014-03/22/2014)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Dreams, symphonic poem, Op. 6
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/29/2013-08/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/29/2013-08/31/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925