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Prokofiev: Symphonies 1 & 2; Sinfonietta / Bournemouth SO; Karabits

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  1. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: I. Allegro ben articolato
  2. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: II. Tema – Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: III. Variation I, L’istesso tempo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: IV. Variation II, Allegro non troppo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: V. Variation III, Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: VI. Variation IV, Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: VII. Variation V. Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 2 in D Minor, Op.40: VIII: Variation VI, Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Prokofiev — Sinfonietta in A Major, Op. 5: I. Allegro giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Prokofiev — Sinfonietta in A Major, Op. 5: II. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Prokofiev — Sinfonietta in A Major, Op. 5: III. Intermezzo, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Prokofiev — Sinfonietta in A Major, Op. 5: IV. Scherzo, Allegro risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Prokofiev — Sinfonietta in A Major, Op. 5: V. Allegro giocoso $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 - "Classical": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 - "Classical": II. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 - "Classical": III. Gavotta, Non troppo allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Prokofiev — Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 - "Classical": IV. Finale, Molto vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Prokofiev — Autumnal Sketch $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sinfonietta for orchestra in A major, Op. 48
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Autumnal Sketch, for orchestra, Op. 8
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, 26th January 2015
The dedicated Karabits never shirks the considerable demands of the score...It is hard to fault Karabits and the BSO in this rewarding A major score [the Sinfonietta]. Exuberantly performed Prokofiev's joyous and capricious writing abounds in positive energy and never feels overdone or trivial ... Karabits' attempts are creditable and the listener will find in them much to engage.

International Record Review, February 2015
This disc is most enthusiastically recommended, the more so as the recording quality is so good that one is soon seduced by its quality as to be able to concentrate entirely on the outstanding performances.

Volume two of Kirill Karabits’s Prokofiev symphony cycle for Onyx charts Prokofiev’s development through the charming but undervalued Sinfonietta (a close cousin to the Symphony No.1, also known as the Classical) to the strident, modernistic Symphony No.2, composed in 1924. Closing this disc is the early symphonic poem Autumn Sketch, which sounds rather like a blend of Richard Strauss and Scriabin - a world away from the second symphony.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
A realisation of unrivalled clarity and balance, closely observed by the microphones. When Karabits spoke to the audience prior to a performance at the Lighthouse Poole, he made much of the ear-lashing to come. This recording feels less confrontational.

The Telegraph, 10th November 2014
The performances here identify closely with style and idea, illuminating the scores with sensitivity and panache and, in the case of the First Symphony, refreshing a well-known work with ear-catching spark.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (06/2014).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 2 in D minor, Op. 40
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1924-25.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sinfonietta for orchestra in A major, Op. 48
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Running Time: 20 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1929

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 1 in D major ("Classical"), Op. 25
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Autumnal Sketch, for orchestra, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910