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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; The Year 1941 / Marin Alsop

> The Year 1941, Op. 90 - I. In the Struggle
> The Year 1941, Op. 90 - II. In the Night
> The Year 1941, Op. 90 - III. For the Brotherhood of Man
> Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 - I. Andante
> Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 - II. Allegro marcato
> Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 - III. Adagio
> Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100 - IV. Allegro giocoso

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Year 1941, suite for orchestra, Op. 90
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Written in 1944, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it "a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit". The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev Symphonies with the OSESP and Marin Alsop, the orchestra's newly appointed Principal Conductor.Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With her inaugural concerts in September 2007, she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Her appointment as Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), starting in 2012, marks another historic appointment for her. Having released more than fifty CDs, OSESP has become an inseparable part of São Paulo and Brazilian culture, promoting deep cultural and social transformations. In 2008 Gramophone magazine included OSESP in a list of three emerging orchestras to which attention should be paid.

BBC Music Magazine
The Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Marin Alsop held my attention as never before...The Fifth Symphony comes up trumps in a dramatic yet highly polished performance...I was particularly impressed by how Alsop brings out the first movement's characteristic power with a purposefulness that prevents it from seeming merely ponderous...Altogether, this first volume of Prokofiev is an outstanding achievement.

BBC Music Magazine
The Fifth Symphony comes up trumps in a dramatic yet highly polished performance.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
So it is only fair to say that this is a terrific recording that orchestra, conductor, engineers, and record label should be very proud of.

Financial Times, 27th July 2012
Alsop, the Sao Paolo Symphony's new principal conductor, directs a perfectly serviceable account, advertising a disciplined but slightly colourless ensemble.

International Record Review, June 2012
I don't know if Alsop thinks this is great music, but she conducts as if it is...[Her] first movement has plenty of sweep...Of drama there is no shortage either...there's a sincerity here that keeps the music from seeming merely overbearing...this is one of the most gorgeously engineered orchestra CDs to come my way in some time...Even if you have several Prokofiev Fifths, you need to make room for this one.

MusicWeb International, August 2012
This is the best recording of [The Year 1941] that I have heard...Alsop's performance should go some way towards bringing it to the public's attention. She injects the first movement with sufficient drama and the second movement - my favorite of the three - is poignant and touching. The orchestra sounds world class both here and in the symphony.

The Telegraph, 13th July 2012
The performance of the symphony is one of considerable power, more expansive than some but conceived with a judicious balance between emotional weight and structural cohesion...the Spo Paulo has a great deal to offer in terms of energy, atmosphere, humanity and also technical accomplishment in those passages (notably in the finale) where Prokofiev taxed an orchestra's togetherness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011).


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Works Details

>Prokofiev, Sergei : The Year 1941, suite for orchestra, Op. 90
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Ensemble: Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1941

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Symphony no 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Notes: Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil (08/26/2011-08/31/2011)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944