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Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Lt. Kijé / Casadesus, et al

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 78
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composed as a soundtrack for Eisenstein's film of the same name, 'Alexander Nevsky,' a dramatization of the thirteenth-century conflict between the Russian people and Teutonic invaders, struck a resounding chord in the Soviet Union at a time when war with Hitler's Germany seemed inevitable. In 1939 Prokofiev re-arranged the score as a cantata for concert performance, and the work soon established itself as one of the most popular Russian choral works of the twentieth century. Perhaps Prokofiev's most popular work, the Suite from 'Lieutenant Kije' is taken from incidental music for a satirical film which follows the fortunes of a fictitious officer, the creation of a bureaucratic blunder.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Alexander Nevsky, cantata for mezzo-soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 78
  • Performer: Ewa Podles (Alto)
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Ensemble: Latvian State Academic Choir
  • Running Time: 37 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Lieutenant Kijé, film score and suite for orchestra, Op. 60
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Ensemble: Lille National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933-1934
  • Studio/Live: Live