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Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7 / Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

While it is not at all unusual for a composer to return to a work and make revisions, Sergei Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony is a unique case. The piece was composed and then revised to the point that the composer saw them as two separate works. The first version, which was composed in 1929, was met with apathetic response by audiences. The 1947 revision completely reworked the material and created a much more ambitious score. This release pairs the 1947 revision of Symphony No 4 along with Prokofiev's Symphony 7 in C sharp minor, which was aimed at simplicity and was a 'symphony for children.' This is the third release in the Prokofiev cycle from Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The prior discs have received critical acclaim: "One of the best performances of the Fifth that I have ever heard... " (Fanfare)

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016
Litton's already fine championship of the composer scales new heights... [his] mastery shows in the immediate contrasts of broad, epic opening and razor sharp Allegro mechanics [in the Fourth]... [in the Seventh there are] handsome, songful breadth and sheer naughtiness in equal proportions, with heartbreakingly beautiful solos from the Bergen woodwind.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
Andrew Litton's disc arguably trumps them all. A consistently underrated maestro, he gets great results from the orchestra of which he is now conductor laureate.

MusicWeb International, 2nd December 2016
Two fine accounts of Prokofiev symphonies in excellent sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway (01/2014); Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway (05/2015).



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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 4 in C major (second version), Op. 112
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1947.
  • Running Time: 38 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Symphony no 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951-52.
  • Running Time: 42 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1951-1952