About the album
The Dutch composer, music journalist and novelist Elmer Schönberger once described the Second Symphony as a sub-genre – of a primarily psychological nature, albeit with considerable stylistic consequences: in a first symphony, a composer will more or less reflect the traditions from which he comes, and in a second he will deliberately break away from them. Prokofiev’s Second, composed eight years after the First, appears to be a defiant ode to the modern era, witnessed by the layers of mechanically persistent rhythms, expressionist harmonies, ostensibly unfathomable forms and its very expansive take on tonality. The work was premiered in Paris in 1925, conducted by Serge Koussevitsky.
Prokofiev decided to revise his Fourth Symphony, Op. 47, after the successful premieres of his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies (in January 1945 and December 1947 respectively). The original four movements remained largely intact, but the changes say a great deal about his style at that point. The first alteration was to insert or expand some passages that were predominantly reflective, with a strong emphasis on melody. Another example is the attempt to align the scale more closely with what was required by Social Realism, in which the neo-classical is overlaid with a considerable dose of heroism and sometimes even bombast. The association of Op. 112 with Social Realism subsequently proved to be an obstacle to its acceptance in the West.
11Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Allegro ben articolato
12Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Theme: Andante
13Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 1: L’istesso tempo
14Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 2: Allegro non troppo
15Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 3: Allegro
16Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 4: Larghetto
17Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 5: Allegro con brio
18Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Variation 6: Allegro moderato
19Symphony No. 2, Op. 40 in D Minor Theme
110Symphony No. 4 (second version) Op. 112 in C Major Andante – Allegro eroico
111Symphony No. 4 (second version) Op. 112 in C Major Andante tranquillo
112Symphony No. 4 (second version) Op. 112 in C Major Moderato, quasi allegretto
113Symphony No. 4 (second version) Op. 112 in C Major Allegro risoluto
We are pleased to announce our winners of the 2014 Edison Awards: the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dutch National Opera, Goeyvaerts String Trio and the Dino Saluzzi Group. Read more about our stunning musicians below: Radio Philharmonic Orchestra - CLASSICAL Oeuvre-award Last Sunday 23rd of November the Edison Foundation gave the Classical 2014 Oeuvre-award to the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. This award aknowledges the extraordinary work they have contributed to the Dutch music scene. The Radio Philharmonic ...