Prokofiev

£12.00

Signum’s third disc with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov presents another great work of the Russian musical tradition. Prokofiev’s ballet scores for Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet remain popular and often performed to this day, with their success at the time of composition leading to Prokofiev’s creation of the orchestral suites performed on this disc.

This recording follows their January 2010 release of Verdi’s Requiem and April 2010 release of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad):

“This is a full-blooded performance of Verdi’s late work … Full marks for passion”  The Telegraph, January 2010

“Temirkanov is good, noble and intense, gripping our attention with Shostakovich’s sustained lines.” Musicweb-International, June 2010 

SKU: SIGCD214

What people are saying

“Temirkanov’s St Petersburg strings are unfazed by Prokofiev’s chromatic side shifts and his piercing woodwind players sound completely at ease … purchase with confidence, as playing and recording are superlative.” The Arts Desk

" … an anthology to enjoy." The Daily Telegraph

"… performances are marked by decisive tempi, clean phrasing, and immaculate orchestral playing. There is an exuberance of spirit here and touches of legato even in the fastest passages that sometimes eludes his more famous colleague Valery Gergiev" Fanfare

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov

Release date:18th Oct 2010
Order code:SIGCD214
Barcode: 635212021422

The Daily Telegraph, February 2011

No doubt about it, Sergei Prokofiev was Tchaikovsky’s heir as chief purveyor of high-class ballet music. This disc has 16 excerpts from his two most popular, Cinderella and Romeo And Juliet, well played by the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Alas, half an hour from each isn’t enough, and the tune for the Montagues and Capulets is played slightly too slowly. Still, an anthology to enjoy.

Tully Porter

 

Fanfare Magazine, July 2011

Following the death of Yevgeny Svetlanov, his younger colleague Yuri Temirkanov has, to some extent, succeeded him as Russia’s leading romantic conductor (with the even younger Mikhail Pletnev hard on his heels). This quality is well brought out on the present disc, in which excerpts from Prokofiev’s various suites are combined in concert form. Cinderella combines six numbers from op. I07 with two from op. I08 ("Dancing Lesson and Gavotte" and "Galop") and one from op. 109 ("Amoroso"), while Romeo and Juliet begins with five tracks from op. 64 ter and ends with two from op. 64 bis ("Masks" and "The Death of Tybalt").

As usual with Temirkanov, the performances are marked by decisive tempi, clean phrasing, and immaculate orchestral playing. There is an exuberance of spirit here and touches of legato even in the fastest passages that sometimes eludes his more famous colleague Valery Gergiev, though none of the above- named conductors match Gergiev in his dramatic cohesion and dark orange and brown colors. One excellent example comes in the "Fairy Grandmother and Fairy Winter" excerpt from the first ballet, where the light string and wind playing fairly shimmers in the context of a gorgeously phrased reading.

The question is whether you have a need for these excerpts in your collection. If you have outstanding performances of both ballets complete, you may not opt for this disc; but if you don’t, or if you are a Temirkanov fan, you’ll certainly want this.

Lynn René Bayley

  1. Cinderella: Introduction, Op.107, No.1 – – 2.59
  2. Cinderella: Pas de Chale, Op.107, No.2 – – 3.40
  3. Cinderella: Quarrel, Op.107, No.3 – – 3.18
  4. Cinderella: Fairy Grandmother and Fairy Winter, Op.107, No.4 – – 4.13
  5. Cinderella: Dancing Lesson and Gavotte, Op.108, No.2 – – 5.14
  6. Cinderella: Galop, Op.108, No.7 – – 4.26
  7. Cinderella: Amoroso, Op.109, No.8 – – 3.10
  8. Cinderella: Cinderella?s Waltz, Op.107, No.7 – – 2.44
  9. Cinderella: Midnight, Op.107, No.8 – – 2.25
  10. Romeo & Juliet: The Montagues and the capulets, Op.64ter, No.1 – – 5.05
  11. Romeo & Juliet: Juliet – the young girl, Op.64ter, No.2 – – 4.01
  12. Romeo & Juliet: Friar Laurence, Op.64ter, No.3 – – 2.24
  13. Romeo & Juliet: Dance, Op.64ter, No.4 – – 2.06
  14. Romeo & Juliet: Romeo and Juliet before parting, Op.64ter, No.5 – – 7.31
  15. Romeo & Juliet: Masks, Op.64bis, No.5 – – 6.58
  16. Romeo & Juliet: The Death of Tybalt, Op.64bis, No.7 – – 6.17