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Sergei Prokofiev

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5

  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917273229
  • Catalog number CC 72732
  • Release date 07 April 2017
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About the album

The image Sergei Prokofiev seems to project, particularly when it coems to the music he wrote while living in the West from 1914 to 1935, is one of a joker and an agitator, yet a classical composer at the core. This double identity can be heard even in his earlier works, mostly for piano, written before 1914, and was sealed with his ''Classical'' Symphony in 1917. The subtitle is the composer's own. Indeed, Prokofiev stated, ''I wanted to write a symphony that Haydn or Mozart would have written had they lived in the twentieth century.'' Symphony No. 5: Prokofiev wrote the work in the Soviet Union in 1944, when the Nazis were increasingly losing ground but had certainly not yet been defeated. Although the symphony lacks a programme per se, it is undeniably a depiction of war and victory. Heroism is always tinged with the tragedy inherent in war, and the grand gesture is both sincere and theatrical.

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