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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3; Scythian Suite; Autumn / São Paulo SO; Alsop

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Autumnal Sketch, for orchestra, Op. 8
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This fourth volume in Marin Alsop's acclaimed Prokofiev symphonic cycle features two of his most viscerally exciting works. Using material salvaged from his opera The Fiery Angel, the Third Symphony was hailed by Serge Koussevitzky at its 1929 première as 'the best symphony since Tchaikovsky's Sixth'. Originally commissioned as a ballet by Sergey Dyagilev but rejected as un-danceable, the Scythian Suite has become a popular orchestral showpiece, while Prokofiev retained a lifelong fondness for his dark-hued early symphonic sketch Autumn.

The Guardian, 30th April 2015
Marin Alsop and her Spo Paulo Symphony Orchestra have been a catch for the budget label Naxos...Alsop's lack of sentimentality is a good thing, but this performance would have had more colour had she lingered over its corners a little more.

The Telegraph, 11th April 2015
Alsop has the measure of the symphony's structure, dramatic pacing and emotional content, drawing a bright sound from the Spo Paulo players, goading them into firm rhythmic propulsion and drawing out rich strands of string sound seasoned with the acerbic harmonies and instrumental clashes that lend the symphony such a powerful impulse.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Even die-hard fans will admit that Prokofiev's seven [symphonies] aren't always magnificent and Marin Alsop's elegant lucidity provides only a partial solution to the problem... she gets unfailingly good string playing, often more sensitively nuanced than that of her rivals, but her Sao Paulo team does tend to 'normalise' the invention, smoothing away rough edges in a manner that not everyone will find idiomatic... still, Alsop's reading works on its own terms, and if she makes the music sound as much like Roussel as Stravinsky one can perhaps discern why Serge Diaghilev chose to reject [the Scythian Suite] as insufficiently Russian.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil.



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Scythian Suite, for orchestra, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: São Paolo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914-15.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Autumnal Sketch, for orchestra, Op. 8
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: São Paolo Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1910

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 3 in C minor, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: São Paolo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 33 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928