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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 / James Gaffigan, Netherland Radio PO

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 6 was composed as an elegy to the fatalities of World War II. Musicologists frequently regard this piece as the darker twin to the triumphant Symphony No. 5. Prokofiev wrote of this piece: "Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed. One has lost those dear to him, another has lost his health. These must not be forgotten." The Seventh Symphony was Prokofiev's last, completed in 1952, the year before his death. The tone of the symphony is nostalgic and melancholic. Four years after the composer's death, the work was awarded the Lenin Prize. American born conductor James Gaffigan is the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Guest Conductor of the ensemble featured here, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The natural ease of his conducting and his compelling insight have brought him attention internationally.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands (06/08/2015-06/10/2015); Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands (10/29/2012-10/31/2012).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 6 in E flat minor, Op. 111
  • Conductor: James Gaffigan
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands (06/08/2015-06/10/2015)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944-1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Conductor: James Gaffigan
  • Notes: Studio 5, MCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands (10/29/2012-10/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951-1952