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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos 4, 6 & 7; Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 / Alexei Volodin, piano; Sergei Babayan, piano; Mariinsky Orchestra, Gergiev

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This major release launches the Mariinsky label's projects to honor the 125th anniversary of Prokofiev's birth. A long-time champion of the music of Prokofiev, Valery Gergiev conducts Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 & 7, performed masterfully by the Mariinsky Orchestra and coupled with Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5. Prokofiev began his Symphony No. 4 in 1929, drawing from the musical material of his ballet The Prodigal Son. The Symphony was premiered the following year, though he substantially revised the work seventeen years later. Acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance, Alexei Volodin performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 4. Written for the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, the concerto was completed in 1931. It was the only one of Prokofiev's piano works that never saw a performance during his lifetime.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Sergei Babayan is Armenian, but obviously Russian trained. His playing glitters like diamonds and has some of the hardness of diamonds as well. Again in the concertos the sound is wonderful and the orchestra plays really well. Together they make a full package that will appeal to Gergiev fans.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersbur (04/06/2015-04/09/2015); The Moscow Conservatoire (During the Moscow Easter Fest (04/06/2015-04/09/2015); The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersbur (04/25/2012); The Moscow Conservatoire (During the Moscow Easter Fest (04/25/2012); The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersbur (09/13/2015); The Moscow Conservatoire (During the Moscow Easter Fest (09/13/2015).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 4 in B flat major (for the left hand), Op. 53
  • Performer: Alexei Volodin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Mariinsky Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931.
  • Running Time: 21 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55
  • Performer: Sergei Babayan (Piano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Composition written: 1931-32.
  • Running Time: 20 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1931-1932
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg (04/06/2015-04/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: The Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg (04/06/2015-04/09/2015)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944-1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951-52.
  • Running Time: 32 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951-1952
  • Studio/Live: Live