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Sergei Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / James Gaffigan

Symphonies nos. 6 and 7

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917271423
  • Catalog number CC 72714
  • Release date 11 March 2016
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About the album

Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6 was composed as an elegy to the fatalities of World War II. Musicologists frequently regard this piece as the darker twin to the triumphant Symphony No. 5. Prokofiev wrote of this piece: “Now we are rejoicing in our great victory, but each of us has wounds that cannot be healed. One has lost those dear to him, another has lost his health. These must not be forgotten.” The Seventh Symphony was Prokofiev’s last, completed in 1952, the year before his death. The tone of the symphony is nostalgic and melancholic. Four years after the composer’s death, the work was awarded the Lenin Prize. American born conductor James Gaffigan is the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Guest Conductor of the ensemble featured here, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The natural ease of his conducting and his compelling insight have brought him attention internationally.

New recording of Hartmann's only completed opera already nominated!


image Challenge Classics is proud to present a brand new recording of Karl Amadeus Hartmann's rarely recorded opera Simplicius Simplicissimus. This recording features conductor Markus Stenz, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and a cast of twentieth century music specialists, including Juliane Banse in the title role. Simplicius Simplicissimus is available in beautifully packaged 2SACD format. And already this recording is nominated and appears on the longlist of the Preis der deutschen ...

Two Luister10's!




September 12th 2016 19:25
Wrong opus number for Symphony No.7, it should be opus 131, not 138.

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