About the album
This first Prokofiev disc includes the accessible ‘Classical’ First Symphony and the popular Fifth. Internationally renowned as one of the finest interpreters of Russian composers, Sydney Symphony’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor returns to Australia for concerts in August.
The man who because of arthritis in his fingers played the piano less and less which gave him the opportunity to take the role of conductor. Also he has recorded so much CD's playing the piano, that it was time to put the focus somewhere else. That results in many concerts ánd CD-recordings with Ashkenazy as a conductor, a discography that is now also growing fast. And that is a splendid thing because Ashkenazy loves to record.
With this CD audiences will be taken on a journey through Prokofiev’s compositional career and explore the many musical personalities of the man who wrote some of the most influential works of the 20th-century and who many called ‘the prodigal Russian’.
The sparkling Classical Symphony is paired with the Fifth Symphony, which Ashkenazy regards as one of the great creations of Prokofiev’s soviet years, whose music represents “the greatness of the human spirit”.
11Symphony No. 1 in D major , op. 25 'Classical' Allegro
12Symphony No. 1 in D major , op. 25 'Classical' Larghetto
13Symphony No. 1 in D major , op. 25 'Classical' Gavotte. Non troppo allegro
14Symphony No. 1 in D major , op. 25 'Classical' Finale. Molto vivace
15Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100 Andante
16Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100 Allegro marcato
17Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100 Adagio
18Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, op. 100 Allegro giocoso